CA Assemlyman Marc Levine Introduces Statewide Plastic Bag Ban
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.