The California State Senate has sent to defeat the latest statewide attempt to ban the bag, plastic, that is.
The formalities are: Senate Bill 405 by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles was designed to stop retailers statewide from giving plastic bags to its customers.
Paper bags? Stores could charge a dime each for them starting in 2015.
Senator Padilla vows to bring back the bill for the session next year.
Those for the ban on single use bags cite issues of litter, danger to wildlife, marine life and some would say human life. There is also the matter of a uniform measure to control distribution of the polybags throughout California.
Those against usually invoke propping up bag manufacturers and households that rely on the re-usability of the bags for other tasks such as garbage receptacles and storage et al. And don’t forget the worn excuse of “convenience”.
Says Jennesse Miller on the website of the California League of Conservation Voters, “But compare that minor inconvenience to the mess caused by millions of plastic bags littered throughout our communities…”
Of course the matter could be left to the local governments and jurisdictions which would make conservatives happy and get the state lawmakers off the hook.
Make no mistake the proliferation of plastic bags in the environment is a burgeoning problem that shows no sign of easing in spite of bag bans in a relatively few locations.
A bill will make its reappearance in the next session. The fervor for a prohibition of the filmy containers will not abate and we’ll be in for another skirmish in the Bag Wars.