TOWSON, MD—The Baltimore County Council on Monday evening unanimously overrode County Executive Johnny Olszewski’s veto regarding amendments to the so-called Bring Your Own Bag Act.
Liquor stores will now be exempt from the new law.
As of November 1, businesses subject to the ban have been required to charge $0.05 for paper or reusable carryout bags.
Now, thanks to Monday evening’s unanimous override, liquor stores and smaller shops may continue to provide plastic bags to customers.
In a poll earlier this year, more than two-thirds of NottinghamMD.com readers opposed the bag ban.
County Executive Olszewski’s full statement on the County Council’s override can be viewed below:
We are committed to doing all we can to protect the environment and disappointed by the County Council overriding my veto that exempts liquor stores from the BYOBag law.
Full statement: pic.twitter.com/GIxqvVgTNi
— County Executive Johnny Olszewski (@BaltCoExec) November 7, 2023