California Passes First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban January 8, 2017 Email 1-8-2017 On November 8, California voted yes on Proposition 67. The referendum upholds Senate Bill 270, originally passed in 2014, which was designed to create a statewide plastic bag ban. The bill did not go into effect earlier due to petition signatures collected in protest by the American Progressive Bag Alliance. Now that the referendum has passed, however, the law is effective immediately. So what does the plastic bag ban mean for you? Grocery and other retail stores will no longer provide single-use plastic bags. They may choose to offer reusable totes or paper bags, but are now required to charge a minimum of 10 cents per bag. So remember to pack your reusable tote bags when you head out shopping, or keep some in your car at all times, just in case. Find out more about Proposition 67 here.