Plastic Shopping Bag Tax. Representative Douglass Geiss, (D) Taylor, has introduced HB4919, a bill to impose a one cent tax on virtually every plastic shopping bag used by consumers in Michigan including, bags for groceries, dry cleaning, and restaurant take out. Under this legislation, the retailer would be required to keep track of how many bags are dispensed and pay the tax on a quarterly basis. The state will provide proper forms for each retailer to fill out. The collected funds will go the Department of Environmental Quality for household recycling programs and litter cleanup ONLY.