A bill for a statewide ban on plastic bags has cleared a key hurdle.
The legislation has made it out of its first committee at the State Capitol.
It would ban the plastic grocery bags we're used to and charge 10 cents for paper ones or more durable, re-usable plastic bags. Democratic authors cite previous success with the idea.
'There are now more than 100 local jurisdictions that have adopted some form of single-use plastic bag ban or phase out,' says Senator Alex Padilla.
Padilla has seen aggressive push-back from the plastics industry.
'I couldn't understand why someone would want to take my job away,' says Alicia Ortiz who makes bags at Crown Poly.
A similar bill failed last year. This version provides incentives to manufacturers to produce the new, heavy-duty bags.