Mike Rogge

Referendum Repealing Bag Ban and Paper Tax Qualifies

By Mike Rogge

Capitol Update, Feb. 27, 2015 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On February 24th, the California Secretary of State announced that the referendum repealing SB 270 (the plastic grocery bag ban and 10 cent fee on paper bags) had qualified for the November 2016 ballot. The American Progressive Bag Alliance gathered over 800,000 signatures in just 72 days, needing only 504,706 to bring this issue to the voters. SB 270 was authored by former Senator Alex Padilla (D-Chino) in 2013 and signed by Governor Brown in 2014. It was to start going into effect July 1st.

Qualification of the initiative has the effect of suspending implementation of the law pending the results of the election. CMTA issued a press release with President Dorothy Rothrock’s statement in support of the referendum.

On the legislative front, new Assemblymember Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach) has introduced AB 190, which would also repeal this law, and AB 191, which would only repeal the 10 cent fee on paper bags.

 

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