On September 2, 2008, the Town of Westport, Connecticut approved an ordinance to ban the use of plastic bags. Known as the "Retail Checkout Bags Ordinance", the ordinance was approved at a Representative Town Meeting and became operative on March 19, 2009. The six month interim allowed retail establishments to use their inventory of plastic checkout bags.
The Town of Westport, with a population just over 26,000, is 47 miles north of New York City. Westport is a coastal town located on Long Island Sound in Fairfield County, Connecticut. (1) It is a very affluent community with a median household income of $147,391. (2) The town government consists of the three-member Board of Selectmen, a Representative Town Meeting (RTM), a Board of Finance, a Board of Education, a Planning and Zoning Commission, and many other commissions, boards, and committees.
The Retail Checkout Bags Ordinance has a multipurpose intent: improve the environment, promote reusable bags and ban plastic retail checkout bags. Within the ordinance, the term "checkout bag" is defined as "a carryout bag that is provided to a customer at the point of sale."
Full text of the ordinance: Retail Checkout Bag Ordinance, Westport, Connecticut
Sources: (1) Wikipedia