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Ban considered on paper bags, too

By Anita Hofschneider

Associated Press


Lawmakers in both chambers of the state Legislature want to charge a 10-cent fee for paper and plastic shopping bags, and four representatives are sponsoring a bill to ban single-use checkout bags altogether.

All of Hawaii's counties already have their own bans on plastic shopping bags. But some of their ordinances have yet to take effect, and the proposals being considered at the state level would apply to paper bags, too.

House Minority Whip Lauren Cheape (R, Mililani-Schofield-Kunia) is one of the lawmakers hoping to ban disposable bags. The newly elected representative says a ban is a more straightforward way of addressing the issue than a fee.

Hawaii House Majority Leader Scott Saiki (D, Downtown-Kakaako-McCully) says he supports the idea of a fee but says it might be better addressed at the county level. In May, Hono­lulu became the last county in the state to approve a ban on plastic shopping bags.

It also could be a while before the county bans are all in effect; Hono­lulu's ordinance, for instance, won't be implemented until July 2015.

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what wrote:
Freedom and the American Way die a little when self-righteous lawmakers unnecessarily interfere in the lives responsible citizens. Self righteous eco-terrorists have found an ally in legislators who never met a tax they didn't like. I have never carelessly discarded a plastic bag and know that they are recycled in Honolulu's H-Power plant for green energy. I use the bags for multiple purposes in my everday life, but eco-terrorists want interfere tell me how to live, and the tax-and-spend legislators love any excuse to rob the people of their hard-earned money.
on January 25,2013 | 02:13AM
omd111 wrote:
What the heck is with our Legislators. Just trying to find more ways to tax us. Remember all their names that support this bill and get them out of office. Look to cut spending before grabbing for more money for your constituents.
on January 25,2013 | 03:59AM
LittleEarl_01 wrote:
omd111, did I hear you correctly? Cut spending? Who are you kidding, our legislators? All they know is tax (fee) and spend.
on January 25,2013 | 05:15AM
bender wrote:
I guess the silly season is in full swing.
on January 25,2013 | 05:13AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I guess now when we go shopping we have to carry out all our groceries in hour hands.
on January 25,2013 | 09:57AM
olos73 wrote:
I think last week I saw on the news a customer brought their small piece of luggage at a Big Island store when they started charging. Cashier was putting items in the luggage. Never thought I would see that.
on January 25,2013 | 10:02AM
paloloboyz wrote:
I guess instead of handing out flower leis to Hawaii visitors, it will be reuseable shopping bags.
on January 25,2013 | 10:56AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
This is just another money grab by the government. Unless we speak out they will continue to arbitrarily legislate laws that cost us consumers. We need to speak up and write to our legislators. I believe that the health department is also involved in this effort. I will be writing them and hope that others will also.
on January 25,2013 | 11:05AM
islandsun wrote:
How about a ban on more than one term in political office.
on January 25,2013 | 02:01PM
jussayin wrote:
Fee; a nice word for tax. Please address the important issues.
on January 25,2013 | 04:35PM
st1d wrote:
next: a tax on products that come in one-time-use wrapping from manufacturers. products in the future will be sold unwrapped, piled together in burlap bags sitting on floors.
on January 25,2013 | 05:59PM
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