Plastic Bag Ban Bill Introduced in California State Assembly

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Many cities in California have enacted, or are proposing to enact, plastic bag bans.  However, there is no statewide initiative.  That is about to change.

Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica, has introduced legislation to ban single-use plastic bags in the state of California.  On February 17, 2010, Assemblywoman Brownley introduced Assembly Bill 1998 (AB1998).

AB1998, if passed, would take effect on July 1, 2011.  AB1998 specifically:

  • Defines paper carryout bags
  • Requires stores to charge a green bag fee for the paper bag
  • States how the green bag fee is to be used
  • Creates the 'Paper Bag Pollution cleanup Fund'
  • Specifies how the monies in the fund are to be expended
  • Requires the state board to administer and enforce the law

Assemblywoman Brownley has been a leader in environmental issues in the state of California.  She states, " AB1998 would ban plastic bags and impose a fee on paper bags to wean Californians off their nasty bag habit.  We've cut other nasty habits, we can cut this habit, too." (1)

Read the proposed  AB1998

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11 Responses to "Plastic Bag Ban Bill Introduced in California State Assembly"

  1. CdrBhatt   2010/12/30 at 11:10 pm

    STOP PlasticBag is a movement in INDIA that was started by CADETS of NCC corps in 1998 and hsa spread all over
    the country like fire . The SupremeCourt of INDIA has
    directed the Govt authys to Ban Plasticbags with immediate effect .

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  7. Robert   2010/06/02 at 12:51 pm

    VOTE NO on this misguided piece of legislation. We don’t need more laws telling us what we can do, not do, use ,not use,think, not think. It’s time to stop the liberal push to control society and attempt to make everyone conform to their idea of “political correctness”.

    We do not need more morality laws and we do not need to pay for paper bags that we now get for free. What is wrong with the legislators of this great state? The pendulum will swing back!

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