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California Plastic Bag Bill Stalled

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(Screenshot from Californians Against Waste Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/cawrecycles)

Last night the California plastic bag measure, state Senate Bill 270, fell four votes short of the required 41 to pass the Assembly. The bill’s support crossed partisan lines – however, several Democratic legislators from the Central Valley and Southern California voted no or did not vote at all. The San Jose Mercury News reported that out-of-state lobbyists representing Hilex Poly, an East Coast plastic bag company, spent nearly half a million dollars to sway legislators to oppose SB 270.

How did your state representative vote? See the voting screen, above.

SB 270, sponsored by senators Alex Padilla, Kevin De Leon and Ricardo Lara, would restrict single-use plastic bags in California, a proven policy measure to limit ocean litter. A similar ban has been implemented in more than 100 communities across California – and in such large cities as Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose. The effect has been reduced litter – with no jobs reported lost. Bill Raden covered this bill in Capital & Main last week.

The bill will be reconsidered within the week and so we remain closer than ever to banning thin plastic bags in our state.

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