SB 270 (Padilla) will take plastic bags out of grocery stores and pharmacies by July 2015 and from convenience and liquor stores by July 2016. Retailers under this bill will have to charge 10 cents or more for recycled paper bags.
With this ban, the state is following the lead of the more than 100 California jurisdictions that have already implemented local ordinances to prohibit single use plastic bags within their boundaries. These existing bans are grandfathered into the law enabling local governments with bag bans to continue enforcing their local restrictions. The League did not have a position on SB 270, however it worked to ensure that local ordinances would remain as well as cities’ authority to regulate single use bags in retail establishments not covered by the bill.