Hawaii lawmakers propose a fee for disposable bags

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers in both the House and Senate want to charge a 10-cent fee for single-use checkout bags.

A bill banning disposable bags altogether is also scheduled to be introduced in the House Thursday.

Sen. Russell Ruderman says the fee proposal is part of a worldwide movement toward reusable bags.

He says the revenue will be dedicated to protecting the environment.

Hawaii House Majority Leader Scott Saiki says he supports the idea of a fee, but says that it might be better addressed at the county level. Last May Honolulu became the last county in the state to approve a ban on plastic shopping bags.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie advocated a fee for disposable bags during his State of the State address on Tuesday.

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