MSN has a great article today on plastic and paper bags. The article looks at the environmental impact of both bags and the laws that certain states are trying to push so plastic bags are no longer used. Only a few states however seem to be pushing for no more plastics and reusable alternatives. The article is two pages long but a nice read if you care about the environment and the products you use. Battle of the Bags.
And if you are looking for more in depth information on plastic bags, reusable bags and your impact (either because of your high plastic bag usage or your constant reusuable bag usage). MSN also has an interactive center with a lot more information on what it takes to make plastic bags and what happens to the bags once they are tossed out and not recycled. There is also a wealth of more information. Battle of the Bags interactive center.
There is even a section on the states that are working towards phasing out plastic bags. There are not many states or area's of states trying to accomplish this yet, as the plastic industry is working on counter attacking the movement but it's still worth checking to see if your state is listed. Surprisingly, West Virginia is on the list. This was something I wouldn't have known if it weren't for the interactive center.