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Plastic Bag Ban Delayed After Referendum Qualifies

February 27, 2015
The Secretary of State announced this week the qualification of a referendum to overturn the recently passed statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
 
The law, enacted under SB 270 (Padilla, Chapter 850, Statutes of 2014), prohibits the distribution of plastic bags in grocery stores and pharmacies starting July 2015 and from convenience and liquor stores starting July 2016. Under this bill, retailers will have to charge 10 cents or more for recycled paper bags.
 
By qualifying for the 2016 general election ballot, the referendum will prevent the implementation of the law until voters decide its fate at the polls.
 
During the previous legislative session, the League did not take a position on SB 270. However, the League worked to ensure that existing local ordinances were grandfathered into the law enabling local governments with bans to continue enforcing their local restrictions.


 
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