A bill that would have banned single-use plastic bags statewide is meeting tough opposition.
Senate Bill 270 still has a fighting chance, even after stalling in the Assembly.
The bill by State Senator Alex Padilla prohibits stores from carrying the bags to encourage the use of reusable bags.
The bill failed on a 37-to-33 vote but could be heard again later this week.
Paper and plastic bag manufacturers lobbied against the bill.
Lawmakers from low-income districts say the 10-cent fee charged for a new bag unfairly penalizes consumers.
If the bill were to become law, SB 270 would take effect in 2015 for larger stores and 2016 for convenience stores.