San Fran Commission Urges Grocery Bag Fee

San Francisco — The San Francisco Commission on the Environment has unanimously approved a proposal recommending that the city charge residents 17 cents for each plastic or paper bag that they take home from larger grocery stores.

"As a result of the commission’s action, a private agency will be hired to analyze the impact of shopping bags on the city’s budget and its environment and examine the impact of a bag fee on low-income people and large families," reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The report is expected at the end of April.