SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California State Senate has defeated a bill to ban single-use plastic bags statewide — the third time since 2010 the bill has failed to win passage.


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The proposed law would have banned plastic bags from large retail stores by 2015 and from smaller stores by 2016. The measure failed on a vote of 18-17, three short of the majority needed for passage.

Opponents said the bill would cost 2,000 jobs in the plastics industry in California, most of them in working-class communities.

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