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Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 03/17/2010

Baltimore says 'no thanks' to D.C. plastic bag approach

It appears, for now, Baltimore will not be joining the District in implementing a bag tax.

After the District's 5-cent bag tax law took effect, Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry proposed a 25-cent bag tax for Charm City.

But the Baltimore Sun reports a Baltimore City Council committee instead endorsed a compromise that would require most stores to stop offering plastic bags unless a customer asks for one.

"I think we're going to be able to do something no one else has been able to do - pass a measure dealing with plastic bags that is acceptable to the business community and to the environmental community," Council member James B. Kraft told The Sun.

But if you are hoping the District will become a regional trendsetter on this issue, there is still a chance the Maryland General Assembly could approve a 5-cent bag statewide. But, as outlined in a Washington Post editorial Wednesday morning, the prospects aren't great that the measure will be pass both the Maryland House and Senate before the legislature adjourns next month.

--Tim Craig

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