– FlashReport – With only three weeks left in the 2014 legislative session and hundreds of bills yet to review, we can’t expect state legislators and staff fully vet, evaluate, and get a clear understanding of every bill that comes up for a vote. This is the time of the year, when deceptive and special interest language gets inserted into bills that inevitably come to bite the consumer for years to come.
2014-08-13 – Victoria Taft – KPAM-AM radio host Victoria Taft says Senator Alex Padilla's alterations to SB 270 are getting more and more absurd. More »
2014-08-13 – FlashReport – Saddling consumers into paying extra for plastic bags at the grocery store is becoming an wildly unpopular idea. Facing formidable opposition because of the thousands of jobs which will be lost, Senate Bill 270 by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacioma, is not just about the extra cost to shoppers anymore. More »
– Fox & Hounds Daily – While SB 270 (Padilla) supporters continue to champion this terrible bill, the fact of the matter is that it is nothing more than a billion dollar handout to the California Grocers Association (CGA) and its members. If implemented, SB 270, which proposes to ban California-made plastic retail bags and hit consumers with big fees on other bags, would hurt the environment, kill California manufacturing jobs and cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
– PlasticsToday – We in the plastics industry see way too many headlines about plastic bag bans throughout the United States. So imagine how surprised I was when I read this article in Time magazine's Aug. 5 edition online: "Your Whole Foods Tote Could be More Harmful Than a Plastic Bag."
– National Center for Policy Analysis – Julian Morris of the Reason Foundation debunks some of the myths surrounding the plastic bag. While advocates of plastic bag bans would have you believe that the bags harm the environment and contribute to litter, the facts paint a very different picture.
2014-08-06 – CNBC – The effort to go green is costing some stores quite a bit of green. "It is increasing shoplifting," said Mark Arabo, president and CEO of the Neighborhood Market Association, a group of 2,400 small markets in the West. "We've received hundreds of phone calls from our members saying that once these plastic bag bans have been enacted, shoplifting has increased in our markets." More »
– FlashReport – The California Legislature’s latest attempt to saddle consumers into paying extra for plastic bags at the grocery store is facing formidable opposition. The American Progressive Bag Alliance just announced it is launching two new television ads opposing Senate Bill 270, by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima.
– Long Beach Press-Telegram – Law enforcement officials say plastic bag bans — passed in Long Beach, Los Angeles and elsewhere — have enabled criminals to walk off with goods that are easily concealed in reusable shopping bags carried while walking around in stores.
– Weekly Wonk – Do you want paper or plastic? You’ve probably been told that the right answer is paper – unless you want to hasten climate change and choke marine life. But the plastic bag has been wrongfully convicted. And labeling it as an environmental villain – and banning its usage – is blinding us to better behavior.
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