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Bette Midler Angered When Calif. Fails To Ban Plastic Bags

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After a vote by the California Senate failed to ban single-use plastic bags in the state, liberal activist, actress and singer, Bette Midler, had some harsh words for lawmakers.

“Plastic bags are a scourge to the planet and everything that tries to live on it,” she said. “Shame on them all for caving.”

Local ordinances prohibit stores from handing out single-use plastic bags in about 20 percent of the state. The Senate vote was three votes short of banning the bags in the rest of the state.

Sen. Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat, helped defeat the bill by telling fellow lawmakers that the ban could put up to 500 immigrant women out of work in his district.

He was unfazed by the efforts of Midler and other stars like singers Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, The Daily Mail reported.

“I’ve been bombarded by phone calls by folks who live in Malibu and stars who live in Hollywood.” de Leon said.

State Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Los Angeles County Democrat, was worried about the bag ban causing his district to lose 700 jobs.

“These are hard-working immigrant families who are undereducated, monolingual and are not going to have an opportunity to find another type of employment,” Lara said.

Midler took to Twitter venting that if Republicans were “looking for younger supporters, they should grab 'em before they can read.”

Sacramento area lawmaker, Ted Gaines, reminded his colleagues that the bags are used pretty effectively by pet owners.

“I see a lot of people using plastic bags throughout my district,” Gaines said. “All you have to do is go to a local park where someone is walking their dog and you can understand how you can actually use the bag twice.”

Sources: The Daily Mail, KQED