A bill that would ban single-use plastic bags in grocery stores and pharmacies beginning in 2012, with liquor stores and convenience stores to follow suit in 2013, was expected to come up for a vote before the California state senate on August 31. State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has already indicated that he would sign the bill into law if it came before him, with August 31 being the final day the bill could pass.
The bill, which initially called for a $0.05/bag fee to be charged for plastic bags, has come under intense opposition from a number of groups, including The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and its Progressive Bag Affiliates group. In a August 26 press release, the ACC criticized recently published statements from the bill's sponsor, Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, saying that her "inflammatory comments are obviously intended to distract public attention from the substance and dire consequences of Assembly Bill 1998." ...