All of society, the little as well as the large, parades before a legislature. If you don’t believe that, if you don’t think there’s anything too prosaic to merit legislative attention, consider Washington House Bill 2424, introduced by Representative Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, and scheduled for public hearing on Wednesday. From the bill:
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(1) Grocery stores may only provide checkout bags that are made of either recyclable paper, compostable plastic, reusable machine-washable textile materials, or reusable plastic that is at least 2.25 mils thick and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.
(2) Grocery stores operating in violation of this section are subject to a class 1 civil infraction under chapter 7.80 RCW. Each calendar day of operation in violation of this section comprises a new violation.
(3) The department shall develop guidelines identifying the specifications of checkout bags allowed under this section. Grocery stores providing checkout bags consistent with the guidelines are deemed to be in compliance with this section.