On Friday, May 28th, the California State Assembly Committee on Appropriations passed Assembly Bill 1998 (AB 1998). This bill, AB 1998, is known as the Plastic Bag Ban Bill. With the holiday weekend, the full Assembly has adjourned until June 1st and will vote on AB 1998 on June 4th.
If AB 1998 (Plastic Bag Ban Bill) passes in the full Assembly, California will become the first state in the U.S. to ban plastic bags statewide. Although the state currently has no ban on single-use plastic bags, several cities within the state have passed their own ban including San Jose. Many other California cities are planning a ban including St. Helena, Santa Barbara, and Berkley. Most of the city ordinances state that if a statewide ban is passed, it would supersede the local law.
The Assembly Committee on Appropriations published an analysis of AB 1998 which explores the fiscal effects to California if AB 1998 passes. The analysis also summarizes who supports the bill, who opposes it, and previous attempts at plastic bag ban legislation in the State of California.