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Schwarzenegger Not Terminating Hope for Plastic Bag Ban

Schwarzenegger delivering remarks today (Photo by Justin Short, Office of the Governor)
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The bill to ban plastic bags in the state of California was defeated, but today Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke at a press conference to ask lawmakers to consider reviving the bill, reports the Sacramento Bee.Cracking a "we'll be back," joke, Schwarzenegger said that after failing to pass the bill by a few votes those in favor of the ban remained committed to seeing such a policy make it into law. If it doesn't happen now, said the Governor, "we'll get it done next year."

One special interest group, Virginia's American Chemistry Council, put up fierce opposition to the bill. Today, that group's "Tim Shestek was in the crowd for the occasion. While supporters of the ban cheered their prospects for a second round, he said, 'This is a bill that's dead.'"

Such a ban isn't dead in Los Angeles, after the County approved a ban for unincorporated areas, and other local cities are passing bag bans of their own.