It’s Not Easy Being “Green”

June 16, 2010

While being “green” might not be easy, recently it has become much more popular. Reusable lunch bags, grocery bags, Tupperware, and water bottles have become all the rage. Following this general trend, last week the California Assembly passed a bill that will ban single-use plastic and paper bags in the state and, if passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, will preempt other local rules on the subject in California.

In the last few days I’ve had many calls from customers looking for bills on Westlaw. It can be difficult to locate bill text if you don’t know where to look. I typed in “California Bills” in the “Search for a Database” box. The wizard returned many different databases but I selected the second one—CA-BILLS. The database opens to a user-friendly template where you can input whatever information you know about the bill you’re looking for. I typed [plastic /3 bag] in the “Bill Text” box.  I got 47 documents but the results are ranked with the most recent bill on the top so I opened the first document, clicked on “next term” and found the language of the single-use bag bill.