California Bag Ban, AB 1998, passes out of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee

Posted by — June 29, 2010 4:44 pm

Yesterday, June 28th, AB 1998 passed out of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee with a 5-2 vote!
Our bill to ban plastic bags in California has come a long way. Here is a recap of the bill thus far.

February 17, 2010: AB 1998 was introduced by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D)
The bill would prohibit certain types of stores, as defined, from providing a single-use carry out bag to a customer. The bill would require a store, on and after July 1, 2013 to only provide reusable bags, as defined, or to make available for sale recycled paper bags at a reasonable cost, but not less than $0.05. Read AB 1998

April 5, 2010: AB 1998 Amended in Assembly

April 12, 2010: AB 1998 passes out of Assembly Natural Resource Committee

April 20, 2010: AB 1998 Amended in Assembly

May 28, 2010: AB 1998 Amended in Assembly

May 28, 2010: AB 1998 passes out of Assembly Appropriations Committee with 11-5 vote

June 2, 2010: AB 1998 passes off Assembly floor with a 42 – 27 vote

June 28, 2010: AB 1998 passes out of Senate Environmental Quality Committee with a 5 -2 vote

Next the bill will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee. If it is able to leave the Appropriations Committee it will go before the whole Senate. It’s going to take a lot of support to get the final votes needed to get this bill to the Governor and Arnold has already indicated that he would sign this bill.

What can you do to show support? Keep the bag ban moving! 
Write a letter in support of AB 1998 to ban bags in California to your senator and assembly-member or use this easy form from Environment California: Keep the bag ban moving!

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