Well, I'll be… good old California, always — okay, usually — out front:
"California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that makes the state the first in the country to ban single-use plastic bags."
- Time Magazine, Katy Steinmetz / San Francisco, 9/30/14, 12:56 PM ET
The ban will go into effect in July 2015 for large grocery stores, the next year for smaller businesses.
It allows stores to charge 10 cents for a paper or reusable bag instead, and also provides some financial support to manufacturers of dem ol' devil-bags, to soften the blow as they shift to producing reusable bags.
(Because lately we've been writing about exactly this need in here:)
The OceanS' Floating Garbage PatcheS – Yes, it's worse than you thought