Jun 2, 2010 10:51 PM by Chris Welty
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - It could soon cost California shoppers
at the checkout aisle if they forget to bring their own bags to the
Legislation passed Wednesday by the California Assembly would
prohibit grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and convenience
stores from giving out plastic bags.
It would also call for customers to be charged for using
store-issued paper bags.
If signed into law, California would be the first state to
impose such a ban.
The goal is to get rid of unsightly plastic bags that often wind
up in urban rivers and the ocean, as well as to reduce the number
of bags heading for landfills.
A spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he supports a
plastic bag ban. The bill, AB 1998, still needs Senate approval.