March 13, 2014

State Senate bill advances: Would require companies to take back unwanted drugs

Modeled on a 2012 Alameda County ordinance, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson’s (D-Santa Barbara) bill is the first of its kind in the US. The Senate Environmental Quality Committee approved the bill on March 26 by a 5-1 vote. It will be heard by the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee on April 21.  Law360, March 28, 2014
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Walnut Creek and San Rafael ban plastic bags; statewide ban moves ahead in the Senate

San Rafael became the 100th municipality statewide to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. Nearly a third of Californians, 12.3 million people, live in communities with bag bans. IndyBay, March 3, 2014 Walnut Creek is the fifth city in Contra Costa County to adopt a bag ban, joining Richmond, El Cerrito, Pittsburg, and San Pablo. San Jose Mercury News, March 5, 2014 Meanwhile a bill that would enact a statewide ban is moving through the committee process in the state Senate....
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