California lawmakers rejected a proposed statewide ban on plastic bags late Tuesday.
Several California cities already ban plastic bags, including San Francisco. Opponents of the measure set it would put an undue financial burden on consumers and businesses during a time of economic struggle.
“If we pass this piece of legislation, we will be sending a message to the people of California that we care more about banning plastic bags than helping them put food on their table,” said Sen. Mimi Walters, R-Lake Forest.
Some local officials pledged that if the bill fails they will seek to implement bans at the city and county levels.