Bill AB 1998, a bill that seeks to ban plastic bags in California, has made it through the state Assembly and has moved on to the Senate Bills Committee. The bill aims to reduce the 19 million plastic bags used by Californians per year by urging shoppers to bring their own bag. AB 1998 is not only supported by environmental and waste management groups, but by the California Grocers Association as well. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has hinted that he will sign the measure if it passes the Senate.