California voters approve plastic bag ban

2016-11-11 14:33
FILE: Plastic bags adorning a fence. (Wallace du Plessis, News24)

FILE: Plastic bags adorning a fence. (Wallace du Plessis, News24)

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San Francisco - California's ban on single-use plastic shopping bags will stay in effect after voters narrowly approved the policy.

Proposition 67 was placed on Tuesday's ballot by plastic bag industry supporters to try to overturn a ban approved by the state legislature two years ago. The item was approved with a 52% majority.

A coalition of environmental groups, grocers and others led the campaign to uphold the state wide ban.

Voters rejected a second measure, Proposition 65, which proposed to create an environmental fund with proceeds from a 10-cent charge for alternative bags.

Environmental groups and other critics said it was put on the ballot to confuse voters.

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