Skip to comments.Assembly bill would ban free bags at California grocery stores
Posted on 06/27/2010 12:14:26 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Paper or plastic? Soon the answer may be neither. California would become the first state to ban grocery, liquor and drug stores from providing free paper or plastic bags under legislation pushed by Democrats and supported by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The goal is to fight litter and lighten the load on landfills by getting shoppers to use reusable fabric bags. Those who don't could buy paper bags for a nickel or more.
"I think the proliferation of plastic bags is unnecessary, and it's a pollutant, an urban tumbleweed," Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica, said of the lightweight bags that can litter yards and clog waterways. Californians use about 19 billion plastic bags per year, about 552 bags apiece, according to a legislative committee analysis of Brownley's proposal, Assembly Bill 1998. Tim Shestek of the American Chemistry Council said the plastic bag industry would rather pay to bolster recycling programs than ban plastic bags. He said that with California's economy struggling, it makes no sense to jeopardize about 500 plastic-bag manufacturing jobs and to promote paper bags that produce more greenhouse gas during their life cycle than plastic bags do. "We frankly think this is a dangerous precedent for the state to be setting," Shestek said.
The crackdown on disposable bags would cost an estimated $1.5 million the first year and $1 million annually to launch, administer and Advertisement
enforce, payable from fees on makers of reusable bags. AB 1998 was approved by the Assembly this month on a party-line vote, 42-27, with Republicans opposed; it is pending in the Senate. Schwarzenegger praised the bill when it cleared the lower house, calling it "a great victory for our environment."
Shoppers outside a West Sacramento Raley's grocery store had mixed feelings.
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Is there nothing the democrats won’t try to regulate?
Nice to see the priorities straight in the CA legislature. Outlawing plastic bags is more important than dealing with a full-blown illegal invasion.
“Is there nothing the democrats wont try to regulate?”
They will NEVER leave us alone.
Washington, DC recently instituted a 5 cent charge for any plastic bag provided at a store that sells any food, even small amounts. That fee goes to a dedicated fund for river clean up I think.
Yes. Teaching sex to grade schoolers.
I use the bags for trashbags or luggage. I’m not kidding. What is wrong with libs that they must control everything?
Those sick animals are so greedy for money and power that it wouldn't surprise me to see them even try to regulate salt.
Yes. Illegals, deviant sexual behavior, drugs and crime. Everything else is fair game.
Reusable fabric bags are hardly a sufficient improvement. Shoppers should be provided with piles of straw and expected to weave their own baskets.
That may not be entirely correct. I think I read that the Democrats in Massachusetts frown on teaching "fisting" to kids below fifth grade. Maybe it was third grade...
How about a law that you can only buy what you can carry home with two arms.
Any info on how much water would be used to wash the reusable bags so as to avoid ecoli etc?
Don’t worry, they are about to tax or regulate most of their tax-payers out of California... Guess they will be wondering why they have to keep raising taxes just to break even...
Just hope that the Feds stay out of the economical disaster that is heading their way.
To a liberal, if you pay for a plastic bag and it ends up in the landfill, it is not litter.
My rat voted against it.
What a racket. Call it a pollutant and tax the hell out of the users and manufacturers. Pretty much anything that is in common use by the masses could fall under this category.
If it passes it will be easy to fight if you can get a number of people to help. Go to the store and check out with a cart full of groceries. Refuse to provide a bag. Ask for help carrying out your groceries. When they say they can’t carry your items out one at a time and refuse to provide a container tell them to cancel the order and give you your money back.