In the final day of the 2010 legislative session, the California Senate voted down a proposed statewide ban on single use plastic bags, known as AB1998. The final vote was 14 senators in favor and 21 opposed to the ban. Governor Schwarzenegger had indicated he would sign the bill into law, if passed. The legislation could be re-introduced next year.
Many cities in California, starting with San Francisco, have enacted or are considering bans on plastic shopping bags. The Save the Plastic Bag Coalition has been striking back. Its case against the City of Manhattan Beach was recently accepted for review by the California Supreme Court.