State Senate Votes On Plastic Bag Ban
Posted by Kyle Maloney on Jun 4, 2013 - 12:50:42 AM
Senate Bill 405 aims to ban the use of plastic bags in California.
ANGELES—Senate Bill 405, a bill written to ban the use of plastic bags in
stores across the state of California, failed to pass with 21 votes on
Thursday, May 30.
Senate Bill required 21 votes in order to pass, and failed by a vote of 18-17
with four abstentions.
its failure to pass, the Senate agreed to reconsider the bill per Alex
Padilla’s request. However, no date has been set.
in the state, 72 local governments have a ban on plastic bags, including
Malibu, Los Angeles County, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Pasadena
and West Hollywood. On May 14, the Culver City City Council unanimously voted
to launch a decree which will ban single-use carryout plastic bags and charge
retail customers 10 cents for every paper bag.
support of the Senate’s vote on Thursday, chairman of the American Progressive
Bag Alliance Mark Daniels made the following statement: “Today’s vote signals
the facts have prevailed in the debate. A ban on 100 percent recyclable plastic
bags would hurt the environment and threaten jobs. The American Progressive Bag
Alliance works hard to protect American jobs in the plastic bag manufacturing
and recycling industry—including 2,000 in California—and our organization has repeatedly
called for an honest debate on this issue.
the members of the California Senate who rejected this misguided policy
prescription based on unfounded stats, junk science and myths, and we hope
lawmakers will continue to make responsible decisions on behalf of California’s
environment and economy.”
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