Bag Ban Battle Rises to State Level, and Marin Remains its Epicenter

A once-failed effort to eliminate single-use plastic bags across California has been recycled by San Rafael state Assemblyman Marc Levine, again making Marin County the focus of the battle of the bag ban in the state.

Levine (D-San Rafael) introduced legislation earlier this month that would prohibit single-use plastic bags beginning in 2015. He resurrected a failed 2011-12 proposal (AB 298) by termed-out Assemblywoman Julia Brownley. That legislation cleared the Assembly floor in 2011 but faced opposition from plastic bag manufacturers and grocers and was never heard by the state Senate, according to the Sacramento Bee.