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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."

The bill would prohibit grocery stores with more than $2 million in annual sales or retailers with more than 10,000 square feet of floor space from providing single-use plastic bags to customers.

These stores would be required to make reusable grocery bags available for sale.

The new rules would take effect in 2015.

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