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August 5, 2014

The Buzz: Plastic bag makers fight proposed statewide ban

Plastic bag makers are hitting the airwaves again to keep the California Legislature from passing a bill to ban free plastic grocery bags, launching new TV and radio ads on Tuesday.

Plastic bag makers fight proposed statewide ban

Plastic bag makers are hitting the airwaves again to keep the California Legislature from passing a bill to ban free plastic grocery bags, launching new TV and radio ads on Tuesday.

It’s part of the end-of-session lobbying campaign against Senate Bill 270, which would bar California grocery stores from providing flimsy plastic bags to customers at checkout, instead requiring them to charge at least a dime for a paper bag or sturdier plastic sack.

Supporters of a statewide bag ban say the policy would reduce litter that fouls streets and harms wildlife. They say the bag fees will encourage shoppers to bring their own reusable bags to the store.

The plastic industry takes aim at the bill’s environmental motives in the latest ads, saying the “circus in Sacramento” wants to allow a heavy plastic bag while banning the lighter version. The ads also say the bill is a “dirty deal” between lawmakers and grocery stores, which would get to keep the bag fees.

Author Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, called the campaign “a desperate attempt by the plastic bag industry, that’s primarily out of state, to hold onto every penny of profit they can.”

– Laurel Rosenhall

Worth repeating

“We want Sen. Hancock to … come back to be with us very soon.”

SEN. HANNAH-BETH JACKSON, D-Santa Barbara, on Sen. Loni Hancock, a Berkeley Democrat who broke her leg hiking in South Africa over the summer recess

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