From the Kirkland Reporter article:
Mayor Amy Walen, who voted in favor of the ordinance, has said a ban is necessary for environmental reasons.
“Kirkland is growing and we must grow in a smart way,” she said in a release. “I’m proud to see Kirkland adopt this consumer- and business-friendly legislation that shows Kirkland’s commitment to being responsible for our environment.”
The only councilmember to vote against the ordinance was Toby Nixon, who has voiced opposition to the idea of a plastic bag ban from the beginning.
Other cities with plastic bag bans include Seattle, Issaquah, Bellingham, Shoreline and Mercer Island.