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Friday Bill Roundup: Microbeads, Vaccines And More

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The California Assembly has approved a bill that would ban the sale of personal care products – such as soaps and facial scrubs – with plastic microbeads, starting in 2020.

The measure is intended to protect the environment by keeping the microbeads out of waters and away from fish.

A similar bill passed the Assembly last year but it fell one vote short in the Senate. The author of this year's bill now says the personal care product industry has changed its position to "neuthral" and no longer opposes the measure. That may be why a handful of Republicans joined Democrats on the Assembly floor in voting yes Friday.

The Assembly also approved a bill that would allow ride-sharing passengers to carpool.

And state senators passed a measure that would require day care workers to be vaccinated.

All three measures now advance to the other chamber.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio