Following is a statement from the Yes on SB 270 Coalition regarding the passage in the California Assembly Committee on Natural Resources committee today. SB 270 will reduce harmful pollution, create sustainable jobs and help California’s 100+ jurisdictions that already have banned certain single-use plastic carryout bags. The measure now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
“Today signifies an important step forward for California’s economy and environment. In a committee room crowded with supporters for a single bill, the overriding message emerged that we can make positive environmental changes yet continue to grow jobs in California through good public policy. As we heard today from a wide range of supporters, SB 270 is good public policy. It will fuel California’s economy by sparking innovation and creating new sustainable, homegrown jobs, while helping businesses and consumers alike to navigate the patchwork of city and county ordinances. We commend Sens. Alex Padilla (D-Los Angeles), Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Los Angeles) for their leadership on this issue.”
The Yes on SB 270 Coalition includes dozens of groups spanning many arenas, including environmental advocacy groups, California cities and counties, grocers, large and small retailers, California-based manufacturers and waste management associations.