Battle Lost, Fight Not Over for Calif. SB 405

Battle Lost, Fight Not Over for Calif. SB 405

Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Missed by 3 Votes Sacramento, CA, May 30, 2013 (PBBR) – The California Senate today refused passage of Senate Bill 405. Votes were Ayes: 18, Noes: 17. To pass, the measure was required to receive 21 votes in favor. SB 405 would have been a statewide law prohibiting California retailers from […]

Plastic Bag Tax Bill Nixed in Louisiana

Plastic Bag Tax Bill Nixed in Louisiana

Baton Rouge, LA, May 7, 2013 (PBBR) – A bill in the Louisiana legislature that would have placed a five-cents tax on plastic bags was voluntarily deferred by the bill’s sponsor yesterday. The bill, HB 529 was being considered in the House Ways and Means Committee. Speaking before the Committee, Rep. Regina Barrow, who sponsored […]

Senate Committee Approves Plastic Bag Bill

Senate Committee Approves Plastic Bag Bill

Sacramento, CA, April 17, 2013 (PBBR) – The Environmental Quality Committee of the California State Senate today approved SB 405 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima).  SB 405 would phase out single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores, convenience stores, liquor stores, and pharmacies. The bill now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. Each […]

Plastic Bag Laws Proposed in 14 State Legislatures

Plastic Bag Laws Proposed in 14 State Legislatures

April 22, 2013 (PBBR) – 2013 is proving to be a ‘legislative year’ for possible plastic bag regulations. 22 plastic bag bills have been filed in 14 state legislatures. Most state legislatures are in session for two to three months each year and now is the legislative season. California legislators meet until August 31st each […]

New Jersey Bill Would Require Disposable Bag Study

New Jersey Bill Would Require Disposable Bag Study

Trenton, NJ, April 22, 2013 (PBBR) – A bill filed in the New Jersey State Legislature would require the New Jersey Department of Environmental Quality to conduct a study of disposable bags. The bill was filed by Assemblywoman Linda Stender and Assemblyman Albert Coutinho. The bill was filed in the past three legislative sessions. Text […]

Oregon Bill to Regulate Single-Use Checkout Bags

Oregon Bill to Regulate Single-Use Checkout Bags

Salem, OR, April 20, 2013 (PBBR) – Oregon Senate Bill 113 seeks to regulate single-use checkout bags in the state of Oregon. If the bill becomes law, it will: Prohibit all retailers from distributing any type of single-use bag (paper or plastic) to a customer Prohibit local governments from imposing a fee on checkout bags […]

Rhode Island Considers Bill to Ban Plastic Bags

Rhode Island Considers Bill to Ban Plastic Bags

Providence, RI, STATE HOUSE, April 4, 2013 – Environment Rhode Island yesterday presented lawmakers with more than 7,300 signatures on a petition in support of legislation sponsored by Rep. Maria Cimini and Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush to ban plastic bags at store checkouts in Rhode Island.Rhode Island should be among the leaders in the movement […]

Arkansas Bill To Ban Single-Use Bags

Arkansas Bill To Ban Single-Use Bags

Little Rock, Arkansas, April 20, 2013 (PBBR) – Arkansas State Representative Denny Altes has introduced a bill into the Arkansas General Assembly to ban single-use plastic bags in food stores. The bill, to be known as the “Reusable Shopping Bag Act”, will prohibit a store from providing single-use shopping bags to customers. Neither plastic bags […]