A proposal to ban plastic grocery bags in California went the way of so many plastic bags – into the trash can—on Thursday when it failed to garner enough votes in the state Senate to move ahead in the lawmaking process.
Senate Bill 405 by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, would have prohibited supermarkets and drugstores from providing plasticshopping bags to consumers beginning in 2015. Paper bags would be available for purchase. Padilla argued that the ban would be good for the environment, reduce litter and help local governments that now deal with cleaning them up. Many senators said the bill would promote good habits among Californians, who would get used to carrying their own reusable shopping bags.