SACRAMENTO: SB 270, statewide ban, single-use plastic bags, referendum campaign: "Plastic bag industry gives $1.2 million to repeal bag ban"; also, "Group seeks referendum signatures for referendum to repeal California's plastic bag ban" ....
* Sacramento Bee: "Plastic bag industry gives $1.2 million to repeal bag ban" - From the Bee:
Out-of-state plastic companies hoping to block California’s freshly signed ban on single-use plastic bags have poured over $1 million into a referendum campaign.
Moments after Gov. Jerry Brown announced having signed Senate Bill 270, a plastic industry group that vociferously fought the bill announced its intention to launch a referendum campaign. If proponents secures enough signatures by the end of December, the measure would be placed on the 2016 ballot, suspending the law’s implementation until then.
Five plastic firms accounted for the entirety of the $1.2 million sitting in the referendum’s ballot committee. Only one of them, Tustin-based Durabag Co., is headquartered in California. The other four are located in Texas (Superbag Corp.); South Carolina (Hilex Poly Co.); Mississippi (Heritage Plastics Inc.); and New Jersey (Formosa Plastics Corporation USA).
The national scope of the donations speaks to the potentially sweeping repercussions of California’s ban. Bag manufacturers could be shut out of a vast market, although municipalities throughout California have already enacted bans. And in part because of California’s size and influence, policies passed in the state often ripple out to other parts of the country..................
* San Jose Mercury News (Vacaville Reporter): "Group seeks signatures for referendum to repeal California's plastic bag ban"