Legislators in California sent a clear message to the plastics industry just before midnight yesterday, when the State Senate passed SB 270 with a 22-15 vote to ban single-use plastic grocery bags.
We've overcome fierce lobbying by single-use bag manufacturers--intensified in the last few months of session--to reach this historic moment.
The bill now advances to the Governor’s desk for a signature. Please urge him to sign the bill into law! Governor Brown has until the end of to take action.
The State Legislature spent a great deal of time debating the merits of this issue over the last several months, and especially this week. In the end, it was the reports of overwhelming success of this policy at the local level that overcame the political attacks and misinformation from out-of-state plastic bag makers. At least124 cities or counties in the state have an adopted local bag ordinance.
The California State Legislature is the first in the nation to approve a plastic bag ban. We are elated over this history-making win after a decade-long fight over the issue. But we couldn't have done it without you there, every step of the way throughout the years.
We can't thank you enough for your unwavering dedication and support. We did it!!! Now let's make sure Governor Brown finishes the job.
Executive Director, Californians Against Waste