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CA Assemlyman Marc Levine Introduces Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

January 24, 2013 by adminify

Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, introduced AB 158. Under this ban, single-use plastic bags would be banned in California –  an effort to “ban these bags once and for all.”  Mr. Levine is reviving a similar bill that got stuck in a Senate committee last year after it faced criticism from plastic bag manufacturers.  ”A similar bill was held up in the Senate, but that’s not a reason to advance good public policy,” Levine said. “This is about advancing good environmental policy and best business practices.”

The bill would prohibit grocery stores with more than $2 million in annual sales or retailers with more than 10,000 square feet of floor space from providing single-use plastic bags to customers. These stores would be required to make reusable grocery bags available for sale. The new rules would take effect in 2015.

A separate proposal to ban plastic bags in Sonoma County is moving forward and could be in place by this summer.

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