California May Get Nation's First Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags
But it's unclear whether Gov. Jerry Brown will sign legislation
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2014 10:32 AM CDT
California lawmakers don't want to see these anymore.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(Newser) – California's legislature has approved what will be a national first if Gov. Jerry Brown goes along—a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in supermarkets and other stores, reports the Los Angeles Times. Lawmakers narrowly approved the measure yesterday in the name of reducing litter on streets and beaches. It would apply to supermarkets next July and to convenience and liquor stories the following year. Customers would be able to pay a dime or so for a reusable plastic bag or a paper bag.

Brown hasn't taken a position on the ban, which is generally opposed by Republicans as a big-government move that would amount to a tax on shoppers, reports the Wall Street Journal. And while Brown has a long history of supporting green initiatives, this one is no slam dunk given that it's an election year, reports the Sacramento Bee. Some of California's biggest localities, including Los Angeles County and San Francisco, already have such bans in place.

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Sep 11, 2014 8:58 PM CDT
How does suckering people into paying for the bags help the environment? Just remember, liberals always try to use guilt to pass their bullcrap.
Sep 3, 2014 9:25 PM CDT
Nobody's fooled. These G-men don't care about environment. This is about making money! Market plastic bags are designed to very quickly biodegrade these days. Cut from sitting in a landfill for 200 years to just 2 years... so not an issue.
Sep 1, 2014 1:02 PM CDT
Good for CA. I do recycle all my plastic bags but a lot of people are too lazy to do so.