California plastic bag ban didn’t happen

Photo credit: John S. Turner

Alas, the California State Legislature failed to get their act together and pass a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags. AB 298 stalled in the State Senate Appropriations committee. I’m guessing most of you already figured this out because there hasn’t been any mention of a plastic bag ban in the news, but I still wanted to follow-up on my call to action post.

This is a real bummer for ocean animals. Apparently, the plastic industry has a more powerful voice than the hundreds of people who sent in letters urging State Senators to pass AB 298.

But it’s best to look on the bright side, the City of Los Angeles passed a plastic bag ban and so did the County of Los Angeles, the City of Santa Monica, the City of San Francisco, (San Francisco was the first city to pass a ban) and many more. Overall, Californians are moving in the right direction.

In the meantime, let’s keep the heat on State Senators to pass a plastic bag ban. And remember if you’re not pleased, you can always head to the polls and vote.

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