County Executive Testifies To Implement Bag Fee In Prince George's County | News
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III testified Tuesday in front of the Maryland General Assembly to allow Prince George's County the authorization necessary to implement a bag fee on all non-disposable bags.
"Litter harms our environment and costs taxpayer dollars," said County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III on Tuesday via Twiter. He went on to say, "Last year, we picked up 7,000 tons of trash, including plastic bags."
The Maryland General Assembly meets in Annapolis each year for 90 days to act on over 2300 bills including the bag fee, and Maryland’s annual budget. By passing the HB 895 bill, Prince George's County will then be given the right to debate the issue in front of the County Council.
The assembly must have a decision on all bills by April 9 when their session is adjourned. If the bag fee bill doesn't pass in General Assembly, which it didn’t last year, Prince George’s County will have to wait until 2013 to try again.
This bag fee would be imposed on specific retail establishments, and officials say it will help reduce the amount of pollution in the county and the Anacostia River.
“Passage of this legislation is important because it will enable Prince George’s County to decide for itself whether the bag fee makes sense or not. I support this fee because it will help to minimize trash and litter in neighboring jurisdictions. This legislation is about clean neighborhoods and that’s why I support it,” explained County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.