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No Bag Fee for Prince George's County

The attempt to give county lawmakers the authority to impose a bag tax failed by one vote.

A proposed 5-cent bag fee backed by both County Executive Rushern Baker and the Prince George's County Council died yesterday after falling just one vote short of passage in the House Environmental Matters Committee, reported the Washington Post.

The measure would have given county lawmakers the authority to impose a bag tax similar to ones in Montgomery County and the District of Columbia, with the approval of the county executive and council. 

Prince George's County Delegation Chairman Melony Griffith (District 25), who represents areas of Laurel, opposed the measure, citing concerns about the impact a bag fee could have on low-income residents, according to the Post.

The Post also reported that opponents of the measure robo-called Prince George's County lawmakers questioning the environmental impact and the cost of the fee. 

You can find the full story here on the Washington Post.

Tim Miller March 28, 2012 at 03:33 PM
This is the best news I've heard, 1 less tax to worry with. Now we just need to defeat a whole host of other taxes that the good old governor is trying to push onto us.

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