Plastic bag ban proposals continue to pop up anywhere and everywhere. This week the city of Long Beach, Calif., took a step toward adoping a ban, while a proposal surfaced 1,700 miles away in Arkansas. The Long Beach City Council on Dec. 7 voted 6-2 to instruct the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would ban plastic bags. Local news reports say the proposal will be similar to a ban recently adopted by Los Angeles County. The Long Beach Press-Telegram is reporting that the ordinance would ban plastic bags beginning Aug. 1 at large stores, and at smaller stores starting Jan. 1, 2012. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposal early next year. Of course if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has his way and the state of California passes a ban, the debate could be moot. But he's a lame duck, so it may be unlikely that he'll get a ban passed before Gov. Jerry Brown takes over. Meanwhile in Arkansas, Republican state Sen. Denny Altes filed "The Reusable Shopping Bag Act" this week. It would require large stores in the state to provide only paper bags and to sell reusable cloth bags.
What do Long Beach and Arkansas have in common?
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