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Effort to tax plastic bags in Colorado dies at State Capitol - On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, a bill by Rep. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver, to tax plastic bag use at 25 cents per visit died in committee.

Texas Supreme Court hears oral arguments in plastic bag ban case - Texas Supreme Court arguing whether Laredo’s 2015 ban on plastic grocery bags was illegal. The future of bag bans in cities across the state could hinge on the case. 

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan rips the city's plastic bag tax plan - State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan ripped the city’s desired bag tax as “idiotic” and threw more cold water on Gov. Cuomo’s push for a payroll tax to counteract the federal tax act.

The PEW Charitable Trusts: Banning the Bans: State and Local Officials Clash Over Plastic Bags - The article quotes Matt Seaholm, who stated that “A patchwork of bag laws is never good for the consumer and never good for businesses. It should be done at the state level if it’s that important of an issue.”