It’s hard to believe a thin plastic film shaped into the form of a sack can cause such a stir in the halls of California’s Capitol. But there’s a lot at stake for people on both sides of SB 270, which would impose a statewide ban on plastic grocery bags starting next year. Proponents say plastic bags are a blight on the environment, citing that many California cities have already banned them.
Opponents say the bill will kill California manufacturing jobs, and new bag fees would serve as a tax on consumers. Joining us to talk more about the pros and cons of SB270, which could see its end in the state assembly Friday, is Mark Murray from environmental advocacy organization Californians Against Waste and Cathy Brown of the plastic bag manufacturing company Crown Poly.