A bill that would allow Prince George's County Officials to charge a 5-cent bag tax died on Saturday in the General Assembly.
The new bill would have allowed for city officials to charge a 5-cent bat tax for each disposable plastic or paper bag, similar to the laws currently enforced in Montgomery County and the District.
Falling short of just one vote, the House Environmental Matters Committee questioned the cost of the 5-cent bag tax and whether the next bill would do enough to help the environment.
The bill had been widely supported by many including the county Council, a majority of the county's senators, and Rushern Baker, a Prince George's County Executive.
No new laws may be passed in Prince George's County without approval from the General Assembly