Plastic Bag Ban Returns for Consideration

Asm. Mark Levine, the upstart challenger from Marin County who was elected to the Assembly, is now carrying the plastic bag bill that former Asm. (Now Congresswoman) Julia Brownley carried in the previous session. 

Governor's remarks on environmental law spark mixed reactions in Marin

In a statement issued after Brown's speech, Marin Assemblyman Marc Levine did not mention the environmental act. He praised the speech as a whole, which had upbeat tone and touched in issues including education, climate change, jobs, the proposed San Joaquin Delta tunnels, high-speed rail and implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Lawmaker pushing California-wide plastic bag ban

Assemblyman Marc Levine, in his first piece of legislation, is calling for banning plastic grocery bags throughout California, starting in 2015.

Levine, D-San Rafael, introduced Assembly Bill 158 on Tuesday, reviving a similar bill that got stuck in a Senate committee last year after it faced criticism from plastic bag manufacturers and grocers.

Levine Comments on 2013 State of the State Address

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) made the following statement after Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. delivered his 2013 State of the State Address this morning:

“The Governor’s message was right on as California comes out of the Great Recession and again heads down the road to economic growth and prosperity,” said Levine.  “California is boldly leading the way on innovation, business, the environment, renewable energy, and agriculture.  We are improving our K-12 education system and are committed to fulfilling the promise of higher education being accessible to all California students.  But the work is far from complete. It will take leadership and collaboration at all levels of government to meet these challenges.  The State of the State provides a clear vision of what lies ahead.”

Assemblymember Levine represents the 10th Assembly District which includes Marin County and southern Sonoma County.

Assemblyman Marc Levine pushing statewide plastic bag ban

Single-use plastic bags would be banned in California under legislation introduced this week by a state lawmaker whose district includes Sonoma County.

Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, introduced AB 158 in an effort to "ban these bags once and for all."

Gov. Brown pays more attention to UC, CSU

Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, is reviving a proposal banning all single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores. Under Assembly Bill 158, most grocery retailers could no longer provide thin plastic bags for customers starting in 2015. Levine is recycling language from a failed 2011-12 proposal that died amid opposition from plastic bag manufacturers and grocers

Assemblyman Levine sets out to ban plastic bags in California

Assemblyman Marc Levine, in his first piece of legislation, is calling for banning plastic grocery bags throughout California, starting in 2015.

Levine, D-San Rafael, introduced Assembly Bill 158 on Tuesday, reviving a similar bill that got stuck in a Senate committee last year after it faced criticism from plastic bag manufacturers and grocers.

Lawmaker wants to ban plastic bags state-wide

Plastic bags are already banned in much of the Bay Area, but tonight a local lawmaker is trying to ban them state-wide.

Assm. Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, says plastic grocery bags are killing marine life and littering beaches.

San Rafael lawmaker pushing state-wide plastic bag ban

Assemblyman Marc Levine, in his first piece of legislation, is calling for banning plastic grocery bags throughout California, starting in 2015.

Levine, D-San Rafael, introduced Assembly Bill 158 on Tuesday, reviving a similar bill that got stuck in a Senate committee last year after it faced criticism from plastic bag manufacturers and grocers.

Levine Proposes Ban on Plastic Grocery Bags

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) today introduced legislation (Assembly Bill 158) to ban single-use plastic grocery bags.

"To continue the use of these bags would ignore the convincing body of global evidence proving that these bags are having a drastic effect on marine ecocultures," Levine said. "Additionally, there are several easily available and affordable alternatives to plastic bags. We need to ban these bags once and for all."

Globally, it is estimated that we use more than 500 billion plastic bags annually. Plastic bags account for roughly 10% of all the debris that washes up on our beaches. Hundreds of thousands of marine fish and mammals are killed annually as plastic bags float out to sea.