Created: 06/30/2014 2:23 PM WHEC.com
California could become the first with a statewide ban on plastic shopping bags.
Plastic bags are now banned in more than 100 California cities and counties, including Los Angeles and San Francisco. Now, some state lawmakers want to make that ban statewide. That means grocery stores could charge a dime for each paper carryout sack, to encourage consumers to bring their own reusable bags.
California shoppers use an estimated 14-billion plastic bags a year. At 10-cents a bag that's a $1.4-billion revenue stream for grocers.
Legislative efforts for a statewide ban on plastic grocery bags have failed 13 times in the last seven years.