The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday passed a 5-cent bag tax that will kick in Jan. 1.
The move was inspired in part by a similar measure in the District, but takes it further by spreading it to nearly all retail establishments, not just those that sell food.
The tax will apply to both paper and plastic bags. Official say it will raise about $1 million a year, some of which will fund free reusable bags for the poor and elderly. Funds will also be used for water protection. The vote was 8 to 1, Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) voting no.