Sacramento, California, August 27, 2014 (PBBR) - In the final hours of the 2014 California Legislature, the much anticipated passage of Senate Bill 270 did not happen.
SB 270 was to be the U.S.'s first state-wide plastic carryout bag regulations. Sponsored by Senators Padilla, Lara, and De Leon, SB 270 sought to impose a state-wide fee of ten cents on all plastic shopping bags that were less than 2.25 mils in thickness.
According to the California Legislative Counsel's web site, on August 25, SB 270 was read for the third time and passage was refused. The bill was defeated by a margin of four votes. Needing 41 yes votes to pass, the bill garnered only 37 yes votes. A "motion to reconsider" was made by Assembly Member Bonta.
Here is the most recent time-line for the bill in the Assembly:
MEASURE : S.B. No. 270 AUTHOR(S) : Padilla, De León, and Lara (Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Alejo and Dababneh) (Coauthors: Assembly Members Bonta, Levine, and Pan). TOPIC : Solid waste: single-use carryout bags. HOUSE LOCATION : ASM +LAST AMENDED DATE : 08/21/2014 TYPE OF BILL : Active Non-Urgency Appropriations Majority Vote Required Non-State-Mandated Local Program Fiscal Non-Tax Levy LAST HIST. ACT. DATE: 08/25/2014 LAST HIST. ACTION : Read third time. Refused passage. Motion to reconsider made by Assembly Member Bonta. FILE : ASM RECONSIDERATION FILE DATE : 08/27/2014 ITEM : 93
BILL HISTORY 2014 Aug. 25 Read third time. Refused passage. Motion to reconsider made by Assembly Member Bonta. Aug. 21 Read third time and amended. Ordered to third reading. Aug. 19 Read second time. Ordered to third reading. Aug. 18 Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading. Aug. 14 From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 11. Noes 3.) (August 14). Read more about SB 270 here.