Senate rejects banning microbeads in cosmetics

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Updated: 8/21/2014 11:43 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate refused on an initial vote to ban plastic microbeads in soaps and cosmetics.

Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara argued that the bill would level the playing field among manufacturers, some of whom already are phasing out the exfoliating ingredients.

But AB1699 fell one vote short of the 21 it needed to pass Thursday.

The author, Democratic Assemblyman Richard Bloom of Santa Monica, says supporters will try again before the Legislature adjourns for the year next week.

The bill would prohibit the sale of products containing plastic microbeads starting in 2019. A Senate amendment would allow over-the-counter drugs to contain the microbeads until 2020.

Jackson says the microbeads can harm the environment and says there are natural alternatives.

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