According to an article published by the industry news provider Plastic News on January 24, 2014, the Californian Senator Alex Padilla (Democrats-Pacoima) introduced a new bill attempting to ban single use plastic bags in California by July 1, 2015. Under the new bill only reusable plastic or recycled paper bag could be bought at grocery stores for at least 10 cents, single use plastic bags would be prohibited. This is the ninth attempt of Californian legislators to ban single use plastic bags. The current proposal would also create a $2 million grant pool aimed to support plastic bag manufacturers in retraining staff and reorganizing operations. While senators previously opposed to a plastic bag ban this time are on board, the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA), the trade association of plastic bag producers, maintains its opposition to the bill calling it a “job-killing, big-grocer cash grab”.
Gayle Putrich (January 24, 2014). “California tries bag ban, again.” Plastic News.