Plastic-Bag Ban Nears in California

Governor says he’ll “probably” sign bill for sake of consistency

Plastic bag ban

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Jerry Brown said he is “probably” going to sign a bill the legislature passed last week to ban single-use plastic bags, according to a report in The Hill.

The prohibition on bags frequently used at groceries stores, convenience stores and pharmacies is meant to protect the environment from litter and reduce waste.

“This is a compromise,” Brown said Thursday night at a debate for this year’s election, according to the Los Angeles Times. “It’s taking into account the needs of the environment and the needs of the economy and the needs of the grocers.”

The bill would make California the first state to impose an outright ban on plastic bags, though many cities have done so, including more than 100 in California, the Times said. Brown cited the patchwork of laws in California cities has a reason for the state law, saying it would add consistency.

Customers would have the option of paying 10 cents for paper bags under the law.

The ban would take effect for grocery stores and pharmacies in 2015, and a year later for convenience stores and liquor stores.