In addition to the countywide plastic bag ban, a number of new state rules are set to take effect in January.
Political contributions will no longer be tax deductible. Corporations that give more than $1,000 to a politician will have to file paperwork with the state Campaign Spending Commission. Hawaii’s primary election will be moved up a month, from September to August. State health care providers will be required to cover colon cancer screenings. And drivers arrested for DUI will have to blow into a breathalyzer device to start their cars.
And yes, starting January 11, stores in Maui County will no longer be allowed to offer plastic bags at the point of sale — with a few exceptions.
For more on the state rules, visit the Hawaii House Blog (hawaiihouseblog.blogspot.com). For info about the plastic bag ban, go to the County Web site (co.maui.hi.us) or check out the “Maui County BYOBag” Facebook page.