Schwarzenegger hopes to resurrect plastic bag ban

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A cashier bags groceries in plastic bags at Nijiya Market June 2, 2010 in San Francisco, California. California may become the first state in the nation to ban plastic bags from grocery and convenience stores. In addition to the ban, consumers would be charged 5 cents per paper bag if they do not bring their own reusable bags. Assembly bill AB1998 is supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzengger and is expected to pass an assembly vote this week before moving to the State Senate for a vote later this year.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said today that he hopes to resurrect a bill that would have banned the use of plastic bags at supermarkets. That, and another measure on renewable energy, failed to pass by the end of the legislative session.

California senators defeated the plastic bag ban in the final hours of a two-year legislative session. Some said they didn't like the bill’s provision that stores would eventually be able to charge customers for reusable paper bags.

Governor Schwarzenegger says he still hopes to see a version of that bill on his desk before his term is up. "I think anything that was not accomplished I will try to get them done before I leave office," says Schwarzenegger.

Schwarzenegger also wants to revive the renewable energy bill he’d called a top priority for the year. That also fizzled at the last minute.

The governor could call legislators into a special session to reconsider the bills. Schwarzenegger said legislative staff could fine-tune the measures while lawmakers finalize a budget deal.

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