California State Assemby to vote on plastic bag ban (AB 1998) next Friday

AB 1998 passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 28th and will be voted on by the full Assembly  next Friday, June 4, 2010.

Read the full Los Angeles Times article about AB 1998.

Read the current text of AB 1998 here.

This bill would ban certain types of plastic carryout bags and impose a 5-cent fee on paper carryout bags, but would preempt both new and existing local ordinances.  Local preemption is disturbing, but the remainder of the bill seems promising.