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Rep. Moran Introduces Bag-Tax Bill

The Virginia lawmaker introduced the measure on Earth Day, saying the fee would reduce littering and encourage use of reusable bags.

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) on Monday introduced a measure that would impose a 5-cent fee on plastic and paper bags at grocery and retail stores in the commonwealth.

The fees would go toward supporting the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The Trash Reduction Act of 2013 is modeled after a policy implemented in 2009 in Washington, DC. Montgomery County, Md., also has a similar policy.

The number of single-use plastic bags in DC dropped from the 2009 monthly average of 22.5 million to just 3 million per month by the end of 2010, according to a news release from the lawmaker's office.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Program provides matching grants to states and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities as well as funding for shared federal land acquisition and conservation strategies.

Tell us: Do you think Virginia should have a bag tax? How would it affet your shopping? Tell us in the comments.

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