Effort to overturn state plastic bag ban underway

Oct 11, 2014 12:49 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Opponents of California's ban on single-use plastic bags are moving to stop the law from taking effect.

The attorney general's office on Friday authorized opponents to begin collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would ask voters to repeal the ban.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September imposing the first statewide ban on single-use shopping bags. Large stores must comply by July 2015.

If opponents collect 500,000 signatures by January, the ban would be put on hold until voters weigh in in November 2016.

A coalition of plastic bag manufacturers is pushing the referendum. The American Progressive Bag Alliance says the ban will cost jobs. Officials say consumers will repeal the law because it allows grocers to charge them for paper and reusable bags that are currently often free.


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