Capitol Weekly

by SAMANTHA GALLEGOS posted 09.30.2014
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The ink was barely dry on the governor’s signature to ban plastic bags when foes of his decision filed paperwork with the state attorney general’s office for a referendum in 2016 to overturn the new law.

The request for an official title and summary from the attorney general was submitted Tuesday. The action is the first step required to get an initiative on the ballot, followed by clearance from the secretary of state to gather signatures.

The backer of the referendum was listed as Doyle L. Johnson, who said inquiries about the proposal could be directed to the Nielsen Merksamer law firm.

“Our research confirms that the vast majority of California voters are opposed to legislation that bans recyclable plastic bags and allows grocers to charge and keep fees on other bags,” Lee Califf, executive director of the American Plastic Bag Alliance, said in a statement. “So we have taken the necessary steps to gather signatures and qualify a referendum to repeal SB 270 on the November 2016 ballot.”

On Tuesday, Gov. Brown, following through on a statement he made during the gubernatorial debate earlier this month, signed legislation making California the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic grocery bags.

Brown, who rarely tips his hand about what he’ll do with legislation, said that he would sign SB 270 by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles. Some 120 communities in California already enacted similar bag bans, and that “is causing a lot of confusion,” Brown declared.

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