Legislator Seeks to Tax Grocery Bags 

A state legislator says he’s not giving

up on his attempt to impose a fee of 20 cents or so on plastic

grocery bags as a way to prod consumers to shift to bags that are


Bar Harbor Democrat Ted Koffman proposed the idea this fall but

legislative leaders declined to bring it forward during the coming

session, which is reserved for emergency bills.

Koffman, who co-chairs the Legislature’s Natural Resources

Committee, says the switch to reusable bags would be beneficial

because plastic bags harm the environment and it takes a

significant amount of oil to produce them.

Koffman plans to meet this week with representatives of the

Maine Grocers Association to discuss voluntary action to curb the

use of plastic bags. But he says he doesn’t intend to give up on

his legislative proposal.