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After failing in a 38-33 vote Monday, just three short of passage, Senate Bill 270 cleared the Assembly in a 44-29 vote Thursday afternoon. The reversal was a result of at least seven previously abstaining Democratic votes joining to push the legislation through.
The bill would prohibit the use of single-use plastic bags as well as place a 10-cent fee on paper bags at checkout. The stated goal is to reduce the use of disposable bags by consumers and promote reusable bags.
Myriad problems, however, attend the bill.
The controversial statewide ban on plastic grocery store bags, Senate Bill 270, authored by State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), has been one of the highest profile bills churning through the California legislature this year.
After all of the speechifying was concluded, and a vote was taken, the legislation failed on a vote of 38 to 33. A majority of 41 votes had been needed to pass the bill. All of the votes in support of the bill were from Democrats. The votes against the bill were from the lower chamber’s Republicans and some apparently more moderate Democrats. A significant number of Democrats were present in the chamber, but declined to vote either way.