Bag Ban Bill Fails to Pass the California State Senate

Posted by — September 1, 2010 1:52 pm

AB 1998 failed to pass out of the California State Senate late last night by a vote of 21 to 14. The bill, backed by the California Grocers Association, environmental organizations and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who indicated he would sign it if it passed through the Senate, would have banned single-use plastic bags in grocery, convenience and drug stores throughout California.

As with most efforts to rid the environment of single use plastic bags, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) forked out over a million dollars to launch deceptive ad campaigns and sway the Senate to vote in their favor. 

Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, who authored the bill, is an avid supporter of the reduction of single use bags and has indicated that the fight is not over! “This is a sad day for California. Communities across the state were waiting for the state to adopt a uniform, statewide ban on single-use bags before they adopt their own ordinances. The state failed them,” said Brownley.

The oil industry may have more money and power, but the awareness to reduce disposable bags is growing. Many cities in California and the United States are making strides to implement legislation that will eliminate single-use bags. See a map of single-use bag reduction efforts across the country.

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