The Austin City Council has passed one of the broadest bag bans in the country, but still must determine penalties for refusing to comply with the law.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that the law, which goes into effect March 2013, will prohibit retailers from offering single-use paper and plastic bags at all retail checkout counters.
Penalties will be worked out later. A spokeswoman for the city's trash and recycling department said only retailers, not customers, will face penalties.
Austin is the first big Texas city to pass a bag ban. More than two dozen U.S. cities have bag laws, most of them prohibiting plastic bags and imposing a fee on paper.
The city plans to do a $2 million campaign to remind shoppers to bring reusable bags.