Four Plastic Bag Bills in California Legislature

Four Plastic Bag Bills in California Legislature

Sacramento, California, April 20, 2013 (PBBR) - Four bills to regulate plastic bags have been introduced in the California State Legislature.

AB 158: A bill introduced by Assembly Member Levine. AB 158 would prohibit certain retailers from providing a single-use carryout bag to a customer. The bill would also require these retailers to make reusable bags available to their customers.

SB 405: Introduced by Senator Alex Padilla. SB 405 Would require retailers to establish an in-store plastic bag recycling program. Bill would also prohibit retailers from providing any single-use carryout bag to a customer.

SB 700: Introduced by Senator Lois Wolk, SB 700 would:

  • reduce the use of single-use shopping bags (plastic and paper)
  • requires food and alcohol retailers to charge a fee of five cents for each plastic bag provided to a customer
  • only become law if SB 405 isn't passed

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AB 1337: A bill introduced by Assembly Member Allen. Requires retailers to establish an in-store recycling program for clean, plastic carryout bags. The bill further states:

(b) The Legislature finds and declares that both of the following 1are matters of statewide interest and concern:

11(1)  The use of single-use plastic carryout bags for the purposes 1 specified in subdivision (c).

13(2) The imposition of a tax, fee, or charge for providing a 14single-use carryout bag that is not made of plastic, as specified in15subdivision (d).

16(c) A city, county, or other public agency, including, but not 17limited to, a chartered city or county, shall not adopt, implement,18or enforce an ordinance, resolution, regulation, or rule that 19 prohibits a retail establishment from offering to its customers, or 20that otherwise prohibits a person from using, a single-use plastic 21carryout bag for purposes of containing meat, poultry, fruits, 22    vegetables, household chemical products, or food or products 23 intended for consumption or use by domestic pets.

24(d) A city, county, or other public agency, including, but not 25 limited to, a chartered city or county, that otherwise prohibits the 26 distribution of single-use plastic carryout bags by a retail 27 establishment to its customers shall not adopt, implement, or 
28enforce an ordinance, resolution, regulation, or rule that imposes 29a fee, tax, or other charge upon a retail establishment that provides 30a single-use carryout bag that is not made of plastic to its 31customers or that requires the retail establishment to collect a fee,32tax, or other charge from a customer for providing a single-use 33carry-out bag that is not made of plastic.

P3    1(e) This section does not prohibit a retail establishment from2 selling a reusable bag to its customers.