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
Source: (1) vcstar.com