Padilla’s Plastic Ban Ban Fails; May Face Re-Vote

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“Time is running out for our planet,” exclaimed Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) in the midst of a lengthy debate in the State Assembly over the proposed statewide ban on plastic grocery store bags, Senate Bill 270. The controversial legislation, 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. 

Fallacy of the Legislation

Much has been written about this flawed legislation, including a study from the Reason Foundation that exposed how it actually would not be the environmental panacea claimed by left-wing ideologues. 

Leaders from poorer communities also denounced the regressive nature of banning plastic bags and charging for paper bags, and how the bill would kill California jobs while generating hundreds of millions in profits from grocers, who would pocket the money generated by the mandated paper bag fee of at least ten cents.

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