Plastic Bag Ban Refused
On Tuesday, the California Senate voted 21 to 14 to refuse passage of AB 1998. The bill, AB 1998, would have banned all single-use plastic bags by retailers in the State of California.
In the final days, there was a lot of jostling the bill around from committee to committee:
Aug. 31 Re-referred to Com. on APPR. Joint Rules 61(b)(15) and 62(a)
suspended. (Ayes 21. Noes 13.) From committee: Do pass. (Ayes
7. Noes 3.) (August 31). Ordered to third reading. Read third
time, passage refused. (Ayes 14. Noes 21.)
Aug. 30 Withdrawn from committee. Ordered to third reading.
Aug. 27 Senate Rule 29.3(b) suspended. (Ayes 21. Noes 11.) From committee
chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee.
Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on RLS.
Aug. 16 From committee: Be re-referred to Com. on RLS. Re-referred. (Ayes
11. Noes 0.) (August 12).
Aug. 2 In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR suspense file.
July 15 From committee: Amend, do pass as amended, and re-refer to Com. on
APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (June 28). Read second time and
amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
June 10 Referred to Com. on EQ.
And so it goes. What state will be the first to pass a law to ban single-use plastic bags statewide? My guess is that it will be Oregon. There is a lot of talk in that state among lawmakers about the possibility of a plastic bag ban.