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Plastic Bags May Soon be a Thing of the Past in California

State Senators celebrate after lawmakers approved Padilla's bill to ban single-use plastic bags at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

State Senators celebrate after lawmakers approved Padilla’s bill to ban single-use plastic bags at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California may soon be the first state to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

SB270 cleared the Senate on a 22-15 vote Friday. It was approved by the Assembly a day earlier.

Senators who had previously opposed the bill this time supported the measure after protections were added for plastic bag manufacturers.

The bill would prohibit single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and large pharmacies in 2015 and at convenience stores in 2016. It includes $2 million in loans to help manufacturers shift to producing reusable bags and lets grocers charge 10 cents each for paper and reusable bags.

A statewide ban had been a goal for lawmakers trying to reduce the buildup of plastic waste. About 100 local jurisdictions in California already have adopted similar bans.

The bill now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for approval.


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