California is leading the nanny-state trend

May 17, 2012The Daily Caller

California nanny-staters are at it again. Sometime later this month, the Los Angeles City Council is expected to pass a ban on plastic carryout bags. Not surprisingly, San Francisco was the first U.S. city to impose a plastic bag ban and California accounts for almost two-thirds of the 74 plastic-related bans in the U.S.

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Oregon norovirus traced to reusable grocery bag

May 9, 2012USA Today

Oregon investigators have traced an outbreak of norovirus to a reusable grocery bag that members of a Beaverton girls’ soccer team passed around when they shared cookies.

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L.A. Readies Plastic Bag Ban

May 6, 2012The Weekly Standard

This month, the Los Angeles city council is expected to ban single-use plastic bags. “[T]he ban is an attempt by the city to reduce litter,” says the Los Angeles Daily News. But it is likely to reduce something else: jobs.

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City trashes plastic bag costs

May 6, 2012The Orillia Packet & Times

Orillia’s five-cent plastic bag fee has been eliminated. At Monday’s council meeting, Coun. Andrew Hill brought forward a motion to have city council remove the fee, which has been charged at retail outlets since November 2009.

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Grants used for bag benches

April 28, 2012WCF Courier

The city here needed benches to beautify and add places to relax along the U.S. Highway 63 paved trail and an upcoming soft trail along Black Hawk Creek. But Sandie Deahl said the city of Hudson also wanted the benches to be made with recycled plastic bags to send a message.

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Hilex CEO Stan Bikulege on Hannity

April 8, 2012

Stan Bikulege, CEO of Hilex Poly, appears on Fox News’s Hannity to discuss the current political landscape around plastic bags — and how his company must focus on fighting bans and taxes instead of working to build new, green recycling plants.

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Editorial: L.A. ups bag-ban ante

April 5, 2012The Orange County Register

It’s become trendy for California cities to ban plastic grocery bags and force retailers to charge a fee for providing patrons with paper bags. We have watched a few cities in Orange County, particularly along the coast, follow this unfortunate track but now the second-largest city in the nation looks to be moving ahead in the same misguided fashion with an ordinance that not only bans plastic bags, but will eventually do the same for paper.

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Guest Opinion: Plastic Bags Make Sense for Sammamish & Issaquah

April 3, 2012Sammamish-Issaquah Patch

With the Issaquah City Council delaying their vote on an ordinance that would ban plastic bags and tax paper bags, and in light of a recent Sammamish-Issaquah Patch poll demonstrating that local residents have mixed opinions on the issue, I thought I would take this opportunity to explain why banning or taxing plastic bags is not the right decision for Sammamish and Issaquah consumers, businesses, and the economy.

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James Parrinello Statement Regarding Lee Schmeer v. Los Angeles County

March 22, 2012LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

James Parrinello, lead counsel for the plaintiffs and senior litigation partner at Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP, released the following statement regarding today’s California Superior Court ruling on Proposition 26.

“It can be difficult to have ordinances declared unconstitutional in the Superior Court. We always expected this case to be decided at the appellate level, and are confident the appellate courts will uphold the will of the people as expressed in Proposition 26, which protects Californians from hidden taxes levied by local governments without a vote of the people. We anticipate the appellate courts will ultimately strike down the illegal bag tax imposed by L.A. County.”

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Hilex Poly Statement on Proposition 26 Ruling

March 22, 2012LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

The California Superior Court today ruled on Lee Schmeer v. Los Angeles County. Mark Daniels, Vice President of Sustainability & Environmental Policy for Hilex Poly released the following statement:

“This case is far from resolved. Typically an issue that sets an important tax precedent moves forward in the courts, and we expected this case to be heard in the appellate court. We welcome an open debate about bag bans and taxes, but in this case, the county overreached by imposing a charge that is illegal and a hidden tax, exactly what Proposition 26 intended to stop. Proposition 26 was implemented to counter situations where taxes are labeled by the local government as ‘fees’ in order to circumvent the electoral process. By imposing a bag tax on its residents without a public vote, LA County violated the constitution, and we are confident in our case as it moves to the appellate courts.”

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