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“Honestly, for me a few extra cents is not a big deal,” she said. “But I think every little bit of encouragement helps.”

While Montgomery is Maryland’s first county to institute such a tax, it likely won’t be the last in the heavily Democratic, environmentally conscious state.

Lawmakers from Prince George’s County are expected to introduce a bill in this year’s General Assembly that would pave the way for a bag tax in the county, at the behest of county officials who say it could help generate revenue and protect rivers and streams.

Prince George’s law requires the County Council to receive state approval before implementing any new taxes.