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Support for Bill to Ban Plastic Bags Continues to Grow

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Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) announced today that her bill to ban single-use bags, which includes paper and plastic, has “historic support”.

After the bill was amended last week to accommodate all stakeholders, AB 1998 is said to have the support of environmental groups and businesses alike. “We have achieved a historic agreement on a nearly cost- neutral measure with broad support from environmental groups and business,” said Brownley at a news conference today. Also present were representatives from California Grocers Association and the United Food and Commercial Workers.

The bill passed out of committee last week after amendments were made that now allow supermarkets, drug stores, convenience and liquor stores to sell recycled paper bags, made from 40 percent post-consumer material, for a reasonable cost if consumers forget their re-usable bags.