California bill to ban plastic bags advances

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A bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at certain retail stores has passed a key legislative committee.

SB270 passed an Assembly committee Wednesday after similar bans had failed in recent years.

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About 100 cities and counties in California have banned plastic bags to protect water and parks from a buildup of litter.

The bill by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles includes $2 million to help plastic ban manufacturers change their processes and a 10-cent fee on paper bags.

A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers is airing television ads against the legislation. It calls it a money grab by grocers and says it will lead to a loss of jobs.

The bill heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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