News: California Votes on Plastic Bag Ban

File this under "Awesome." The California State Assembly has voted to ban plastic bags at grocery stores:

The hottest debate Wednesday was in the state Assembly, which voted 41 to 27 to pass a bill that would ban single-use plastic grocery bags — the first of its kind in the nation, according to lawmakers and environmentalists. Shoppers would have to bring reusable bags to the store or pay at least 5 cents each for recycled paper bags at the checkout counter.

Hat tip to Gawker.