Decision Maker Response
Darrell Steinberg
State Senator

Feb 6, 2014 — Thank you for your recent communication in support of banning the use of plastic bags in California’s stores.SB 405 was introduced by Senator Padilla last year. This bill would have instituted a provision to phase out plastic bags for use in California convenience stores, grocery stores, and other markets by 2016. I understand that you support instituting a ban due to the harm plastic bags can cause on the environment.

I share your views in support of this issue and voted in favor of SB 405 on the Senate Floor on May 30th, 2013. The bill was not passed by the Senate; therefore it will not go to the Assembly for review because the legislative deadline for bills to be moved out of the house of origin was June 1st, 2013. You may wish to use the link below to see how the Senate voted on this measure.

You can read more about the status, history, and analysis of this and other bills online at While you are online, please check out my website,, to learn of community events and other issues in which I am involved.

Please continue to express your views to me so I may best represent you in the state Senate. If you need my assistance or have concerns about any other matter, please do not hesitate to call my office at (916) 651-1529, or email


President pro Tempore
6th Senate District