California’s coasts are about to get a little cleaner. On Sept. 20, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law two Environment California-backed bills to reduce plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean. The first puts in place a “straws on request” policy for dine-in restaurants; the second requires state facilities to recycle food packaging.

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California “Straws on Request” Bill to Reduce Plastic Pollution Passes Out of State Senate

AB 1884 (Calderon/Bloom), which calls upon dine-in, full service restaurants to give customers plastic straws only upon request, passed the State Senate on Monday with a 25-15 vote. The bill heads back to the Assembly for a concurrence vote, where is expected to pass, before heading to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. 

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“Straws on Request” bill to reduce Pacific plastic pollution passes Assembly floor

AB 1884 (Calderon/Bloom), which calls upon dine-in, full service restaurants to only give customers straws upon request, passed the State Assembly by a 45 to 17 margin with 16 “not voting” (this may change as legislators may add on their support).

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New Ballot Measure Threatens California’s Coast and Ocean.

Sacramento, CA- The California Secretary of State has just certified a ballot measure to repeal the California ban on single use plastic bags (SB 270). Out-of-state single use plastic bag companies paid over $3 million dollars 98% from out of state to repeal the popular law.

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California bans plastic bags

Sacramento – Governor Brown has signed a statewide plastic bag ban into law. The bill, SB 270, will phase out such bags in grocery stores and pharmacies beginning July 2015, and in convenience stores one year later. Environmentalists overwhelmingly supported the measure authored by senators Alex Padilla, Kevin de León, and Ricardo Lara.

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Governor speaks well of plastic bag ban

Sacramento – Governor Brown said that he would "probably" will sign a statewide plastic bag ban into law. The bill, SB 270, will phase out such bags in grocery stores and pharmacies beginning July 2015, and in convenience stores one year later. Senators Alex Padilla, Kevin de León, and Ricardo Lara authored the measure, which passed out of the California State Legislature last week.

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California bans plastic bags

Sacramento – The California Senate voted 22-15 to pass a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. The bill, SB 270, will phase out such bags in grocery stores and pharmacies beginning July 2015, and in convenience stores one year later. Senators Alex Padilla, Kevin de León, and Ricardo Lara authored the measure, which now heads to the Governor’s desk.

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California Assembly bans plastic bags

The California Assembly voted to approve a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. The bill, SB 270, would phase out such bags in grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores beginning July 2015. Senators Alex Padilla, Kevin de León, and Ricardo Lara are sponsoring the measure, which now returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote. At time of writing, the vote count was 44-29, with add-ons possible.

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Plastic Bag Ban Bill Passes Key Vote

California is a step closer to banning single-use plastic bags statewide thanks to the leadership of Assemblymember Mike Gatto and Senators Alex Padilla, Kevin de León, and Ricardo Lara. The bill, SB 270 cleared a key vote in Assemblymember Gatto’s Appropriations Committee, the last hurdle before reaching a floor vote by the full Assembly. SB 270 will ban single-use plastic bags in grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and food marts.  

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