Two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown foreshadowed the beginning of the end for plastic bags in California.

“We’re the first to ban these bags, and we won’t be the last,” Brown wrote as he signed Senate Bill 270, outlawing single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and other retail establishments in California.

Looking back, he may have spoken too soon.

Almost immediately after Brown signed the bill, plastic companies launched a campaign to overturn the law through a referendum on the 2016 general election ballot. The referendum automatically halted the law from taking effect in July 2015, pushing it off until voters weigh in at the polls in November.

Looking back, he may have spoken too soon.

The plastic bag industry, calling itself the American Progressive Bag Alliance, has raised $6.1 million to fight the statewide ban in California, one of several battlefronts in a war pitting environmentalists against plastic manufacturers across the country. [READ MORE at The Sacramento Bee]