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Now that the Plastic Bag Ban has Failed, What's Next?

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The effort to ban single-use plastic and paper bags from grocery stores failed to win support in the State Senate last night, effectively killing the bill. Now there's talk of next steps, which a coalition of local leaders had previously warned of.

"We are now going to turn our attention to all the pending local regulations," explained Matt King, a spokesperson for Heal the Bay, which sponsored Assembly Bill 1998. "We and retailers had hoped for a uniform policy statewide but now a patchwork of local measures will continue the momentum. A grassroots movement has been built and it won’t be stopped - no matter how much money the American Chemistry Council throws at misleading campaigns."

The California Grocers Association. California Retailers Association. and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) all called for a uniform and environmentally sound single-use bag policy statewide.