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The Los Angeles Times reports that the City Council there has voted 11-1 "to prohibit the so-called 'single use' plastic bags in pharmacies, food markets and any large store - including Target and Wal-Mart - that has a grocery section."

The story goes on to say that the "vote offered a sweeping victory for environmental activists. Once the ban goes into effect, around one-fourth of California's population will be covered by laws that will move consumers toward reusable bags ... L.A.'s ordinance, first embraced by the council in March 2012, will be phased in over the next year, reaching large stores on Jan. 1 and smaller ones on July 1, 2014. Customers who want paper bags will have to pay 10 cents for each one, according to the ordinance."

The vote comes just three weeks after the California Legislature defeated a similar bill that would have been state-wide in its impact. The Times reports that "opponents of the ban referred to the paper bag fee as an unfair tax. And they argued that it will hurt business in the region, particularly the plastic-bag makers that operate in the southeast section of Los Angeles County."
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