California Lawmakers Pass First US Plastic Bag Ban

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    State lawmakers passed the first statewide plastic bag ban in the United States. The fate of the bill is now up to Gov. Brown. While many Bay Area cities, including San Jose and San Francisco, already have a ban in place, Milpitas is a holdout. NBC Bay Area's Marianne Favro has reaction to the proposed statewide ban. (Published Saturday, Aug 30, 2014)

    Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

    SB270 cleared the Senate on a 22-15 vote Friday. It was approved by the Assembly a day earlier.

    Senators who had previously opposed the bill, including incoming Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat, this time supported the measure after protections were added for plastic bag manufacturers.

    The bill by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles would prohibit single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and large pharmacies in 2015 and at convenience stores in 2016.

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    Starting Monday, shoppers in San Mateo County will have to remember to bring their own bags when they go to the supermarket. Christie Smith reports. (Published Monday, Apr 22, 2013)

    It includes $2 million in loans to help manufacturers shift to producing reusable bags and lets grocers charge 10 cents each for paper and reusable bags.

    Shoppers in Milpitas, which does not currently have a bag ban, had mixed reactions about the bill.

    "I think everybody should carry paper bags, no plastic bags," Santa Clara resident Nidhi Sharma said. "That's what I want because it's good for the environment and all."

    "I think this would be bad for businesses," said another shopper, who did not want his name revealed. "I think it would lead to more thefts."

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    Paper or Plastic? It's not a bag debate, but a map one. Today in the Bay's Bob Redell interviews Lon Metzger of Morga and takes a trip down memory lane and reaches into the glove box for a paper map, not a plastic GPS. (Published Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012)