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Committee Bill No. 6313

January Session, 2017


LCO No. 3772



Referred to Committee on ENVIRONMENT


Introduced by:





Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2017) (a) For the purposes of this section:

(1) "Single-use carryout bag" means a bag made of plastic, paper or other material that is provided by a store to a customer at the point of sale, customarily without a fee, and that is not one hundred per cent recyclable. "Single-use carryout bag" does not include any of the following: (A) A bag provided by a pharmacy to a customer purchasing a prescription medication, (B) a nonhandled bag used to protect a purchased item from damaging or contaminating other purchased items when placed in a one hundred per cent recyclable bag, a compostable bag, a recycled paper bag or a reusable bag, (C) a bag provided to contain an unwrapped food item, or (D) a nonhandled bag that is designed to be placed over: (i) Articles of clothing on a hanger, or (ii) a newspaper.

(2) "Store" means a retail establishment that meets any of the following requirements: (A) Is a full-line, self-service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars or more and that sells a line of dry groceries, canned goods or nonfood items and some perishable items, (B) contains not less than ten thousand square feet of retail space that generates sales or use tax in accordance with title 12 of the general statutes, (C) is a convenience food store, foodmart or other entity that is engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods, generally including milk, bread, soda and snack foods, or (D) is a convenience food store, foodmart or other entity that is engaged in the retail sale of goods intended to be consumed off the premises.

(b) (1) On and after October 1, 2017, no store shall provide or sell to any customer at the point of sale a single-use carryout bag at a cost of less than five cents.

(2) Any funds collected by a store pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be deposited with the Commissioner of Revenue Services who shall make such funds available to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection for environmental conservation purposes.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2017

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To establish a tax for single-use carry out plastic and paper bags, use funds from such tax for environmental purposes and encourage consumers to use reusable bags.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]


REP. SANTIAGO, 130th Dist.; REP. RILEY, 46th Dist.

H.B. 6313