Nine votes ultimately defeat California BPA and bag bans


Debating late into the night on August 31, the California state senate ultimately narrowly voted against two separate bans that would have had far-reaching effects on the plastics industry in the state, and ultimately across the U.S. A total of seven votes decided the outcome of the proposed plastic bag ban bill, AB 1998, while a bill that would have outlawed BPA in cups and bottles intended for children fell only two votes shy of passage.

In the wake of the votes, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) both praised California's senate. The ACC claimed the proposed bag ban would have "threatened" 1000 manufacturing jobs, placed a hidden tax on grocery bills, and would lead to the creation a new $4 million "state bureaucracy."...
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