California Gov. Jerry Brown Says He's Likely to Sign Plastic Bag Ban

California Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
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California Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways. SB270 is one of the last major bills pending Tuesday, the deadline for the governor to sign or veto the hundreds of bills sent to him during the final weeks of the legislative session. The legislation will prohibit large grocery stores from carrying single-use bags starting in July 2015. It also allows businesses to charge 10-cent fees to provide customers with reusable or paper bags. The bill had sparked one of the biggest battles of the legislative session. Republicans and some moderate Democrats said SB270 would lead to manufacturing job losses and penalize low-income consumers by authorizing fees on paper bags. Similar legislation failed to pass the Senate last year. The current bill includes $2 million to help manufacturers retool their operations.