Back in October, California became the first state to ban plastic bags at stores. Instead of getting free plastic bags to carry home their purchases, shoppers who didn’t bring their own bags could purchase paper or sturdy, reusable plastic bags for 10 cents each.
Of course, the makers of plastic bags were unhappy about this, and now the official plastic ban bag may not be so official. The American Progressive Bag Alliance says it has gathered enough signatures on a petition to get the issue on the California state ballot in November 2016, according to NPR.
If enough of the 800,000 signatures collected hold up, the ban that was supposed to begin in July 2015 would be suspended for more than a year until after voters weigh in on the matter. Even if voters uphold the ban in 2016, a new start date would be required, pushing the ban into 2017.
The organization Californians Against Waste reports that a complaint about the signature-collecting method for the petition has been filed with the California Secretary of State. The complaint asserts that paid petition gatherers, who get paid as much as $3 a signature, were often deceptive in their signature gathering. Some of them outright lied and told signers that they were signing to uphold the ban, according to the complaint.
It's an interesting chapter in the story.
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