Writer’s Note: This is the latest installment of the Legislative Junkie, our eyes and big ears (almost as big as my oversized radar dishes) in Olympia. See his previous post here.
Is Washington State Really Going to Ban Plastic Bags?
Have you heard about the proposed statewide plastic bag ban? It’s been hard to miss lately, what with the hot press it’s gotten left and right. The proposed bills are SB 5870, sponsored by Senator Maralyn Chase (D-32), and HB 2404, sponsored by Senator Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (D-The Poster Above the Beds of Writers at The Stranger) .The big splash in the media will likely be the biggest impact the bill has (no one expects it to pass, and even if it did, the American Chemistry Council would spend millions on a campaign to convince you that plastic bags are good for poor people). Hilex Poly Co, a plastic bag maker out of South Carolina, is already running “bag the ban” web ads on Publicola and Crosscut (see below)
Kudos to Chase and Fitzgibbon for pushing the issue, even if the bill is DOA. I respect anyone who can draw the ire of Grover Norquist.