Flimsy plastic bags are with us to stay, if only they’d stay put.
It appears annual efforts to outlaw flimsy plastic shopping bags, or at least tax ‘em to death, has again been trashed in Virginia’s House of Delegates.
Each year, the Roanoke City Council asks Del.Onzlee Ware to sponsor such a bill. His effort, HB 1591, would have banned the flimsiest of bags. The same day a subcommittee of the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee tabled Ware’s bill, a Finance subcommittee buried Del. Joseph D. Morrisey’s bill, HB 1381, that would have imposed a nickel tax on the bags. Retailers could have kept a penny, and the balance would have gone toward Virginia’s Water Quality Improvement Fund.