News Release | Environment California

Sen. Alex Padilla's Plastic Bag Ban Bill Moves Ahead

Sacramento – Legislation to ban single-use plastic bags across California took another step toward becoming law. The Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee voted this morning to approve SB 405, moving the legislation closer to a final vote on the Senate floor later this session. Written by Alex Padilla (Pacoima), the bill would ban single-use plastic checkout bags in grocery, drug, and convenience stores.

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Sacramento Ocean Day draws citizens from across the state

On Tuesday, April 16, ocean conservation advocates and experts from across California will convene at the California State Capitol for Ocean Day. Efforts to lessen sea level rise impacts, reduce marine debris, and implement the Marine Life Protection Act have created a groundswell of support for smart and science-based ocean policy. Residents and activists will meet with legislators to send the message that marine conservation should continue to be a priority for the state. With California’s ocean economy driving $43 billion in revenue and nearly 400,000 jobs each year, sustainable management is a wise investment.

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Statewide plastic bag ban bill moves ahead

Sacramento – Legislation to ban single-use plastic bags across California took another step toward becoming law. The Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee voted this afternoon to approve AB 158, setting the stage for a final vote on the Assembly floor later this session. As written by Assemblymember Marc Levine (San Rafael), the bill would ban single-use plastic checkout bags in grocery, drug and convenience stores.

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Huntington Beach bans plastic bags

The Huntington Beach City Council voted tonight to ban single-use plastic bags within city limits. With its vote, Huntington Beach became the 70th local government in California to take action against plastic bag pollution. Over seven million Californians, nearly one out of every five people residing in the state, now live in a community that has approved a single-use plastic bag ban.

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Sacramento to draft ordinance that would ban plastic bags

Sacramento is one step closer to protecting ocean wildlife and ocean health. Today, the City Council’s Law and Legislation Committee moved forward to draft an ordinance that would ban single-use plastic bags citywide. This first step puts the ordinance on track for a final vote by the full City Council.

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Two more cities ban plastic bags

The Cupertino City Council and Glendale City Council each voted unanimously tonight to bar stores from distributing single-use plastic bags within their respective city limits. The vote came after lengthy comment from residents, activists, and public officials in enthusiastic support of the ban.

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Chico City Council orders plastic bag ordinance

Chico, CA – The City Council voted 5-2 to draft an ordinance to control plastic bag pollution in Chico. Mayor Mary Goloff, Vice-Mayor Scott Gruendl, and Councilmembers Ann Schwab, Randall Stone, and Tami Ritter voted in favor, with Councilmembers Sean Morgan and Mark Sorensen opposed. The vote came after lively public comment in which several Chico residents spoke out in support of a plastic bag ban.

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Environment California Applauds President Obama’s Decision to Double Northern California Marine Sanctuaries

Today President Obama and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initiated the doubling of two northern California marine sanctuaries. The expansion area, which stretches across nearly 2,800 square miles from Bodega Bay to Point Arena and out to sea, will protect critical habitat for hundreds of aquatic species, including endangered salmon and sea lions, and prohibit oil and gas exploration.

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Capitola Bans Plastic Bags

The City Council voted unanimously tonight to bar retail stores from distributing single-use plastic bags within city limits. “This important step forward for Capitola shows once again that local communities can achieve lasting victories for ocean and environmental health,” said Nathan Weaver of Environment California.

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Legislature Misses Opportunity to Pass Ocean Protection Bill

Sacramento, CA - In the final day of the legislative session, the State Senate failed to act on AB 298 (Brownley), a bill to ban single-use plastic bags statewide. This bill would have been a major step forward in protecting the Pacific Ocean from plastic pollution.

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