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Written by: Dustin Gardiner / SF Chronicle
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SACRAMENTO — Three years ago, California voters upheld a state law prohibiting single-use plastic grocery bags. Environmentalists declared victory. Business groups cried government overreach.
But for all the furor, shopping bags made from plastic film remain commonplace in checkout lines across the state.
Supporters say the law’s impact has been a proverbial mixed bag: While the number of plastic bags used in the state has decreased by as much as 80%, the “ban” is far from sweeping.