Be Careful What You Wish For – Or Pay For

Be Careful What You Wish For – Or Pay For

The American Chemical Council got what they paid for - or did they?

AB 1998, had it passed in the California State Legislature, would have provided uniform statewide restrictions on single-use plastic carry-out bags.  However, it was defeated.

Some news outlets reported that the American Chemical Council (ACC), along with a South Carolina plastic bag manufacturer, had paid $2 million to California lobbyist to help defeat the bill.

SEE: The American Chemistry Council was the leading organization fighting against the ban. It succeeded with a combination of arguments, commercial messages and campaign contributions.

Plastics industry spent $2 million on lobbying in California

As stated earlier, a statewide ban would have provided a uniform set of standards for the entire state. Now, since AB 1998 was defeated, numerous California cities have begun to create their own bans. It is as if an explosion has occurred with city after city - and now even counties - rushing to pass plastic bag ban ordinances.

Know what this means for the ACC? Now, they'll have to spend time - and their money - fighting numerous ordinances all over the state instead of just one statewide law. Also, most likely a statewide ordinance will be introduced again next year.

Be Careful What You Wish For - Or Pay For!

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