State House leaders moved Tuesday to resurrect a bill establishing a fee for single-use plastic bags after mistakenly killing it on Friday.
The bill has been re-referred to the House Finance Committee for further action. A similar bill is also alive in the Senate.
House leaders took the step in part after private suggestions by environmentalists and others that the bill was recommitted on purpose.
House Majority Leader Pono Chong (D, Maunawili, Kaneohe), and state Rep. Denny Coffman (D, Keauhou-Honokohau), the bill’s sponsor, insist it was an accident.
“We’re not perfect over here,” Coffman said.