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San Diego plastic bag ban moves forward

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A proposal that would ban plastic bags at most San Diego retail outlets has been passed unanimously by the City Council’s Rules and Economic Development Committee.

The U-T San Diego newspaper says the measure might not reach the full Council for at least nine months, while it undergoes an environmental review. The city attorney’s office will also tweak the language.

The ordinance would ban plastic bags at most stores, mandate a 10 cent per bag charge for customers who ask for paper bags, and require shopkeepers to maintain records for three years.

Plastic bags could still be used for meat, produce and prescription medications.

A similar law in Los Angeles goes into effect Jan. 1.

San Francisco and other California communities already have plastic bag bans.

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