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New councilman targets H.B. plastic bag ban for repeal

January 13, 2015Huntington Beach Independent

A newly elected Huntington Beach City Council member is looking to remove one of the most highly debated city ordinances of the past five years.

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Governor-elect Abbott wants to end local ban on plastic bags

January 8, 2015My FOX Austin

Governor-elect Greg Abbott won’t be sworn in for another week and a half but already he’s proposing sweeping changes to the way local government passes laws.

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Statement from the American Progressive Bag Alliance on Submission of Signatures for Referedum

December 28, 2014

The American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) issued the following update from Executive Director Lee Califf on the signature gathering effort to qualify a referendum against SB 270.

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Retailers gear up to fight plastic-bag fee

November 16, 2014Crains New York

In advance of a City Council hearing Wednesday on a proposed 10-cent fee on plastic and paper shopping bags, opponents of the bill are conducting a tour Tuesday of small businesses in Brooklyn that they claim would be hurt by it.

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NYC Should Abandon Regressive Bag Tax, Join SPI, APBA to Fight Litter

November 6, 2014In the Hopper

Given the sky-high cost of living in New York, among the highest in the country, the average consumer doesn’t have a lot of money to spare. This is particularly true in the outer boroughs, which are home to some of the poorest congressional districts in the country. So it’s disappointing that the Big Apple is the latest metropolis to contemplate misguided legislation to tax plastic grocery bags in an attempt to address litter.

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Citizens Group Pushes City Council to Repeal Disposable Shopping Bag Fee

October 23, 2014Fight the Plastic Bag Ban

On 21 October 2014, the Fort Collins, Colorado City Council repealed the disposable bag ordinance which would have imposed a 5-cent fee for each disposable paper or plastic bag distributed by retailers in the city beginning on April 1, 2015.

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Reason Foundation shows how plastic bag ban hurts California’s economy

October 20, 2014Plastics Today

According to Reason Foundation, opponents’ claims that a ban on plastic bags will benefit the environment just “don’t stand up to scrutiny.” Instead, said the commentary by Lance Christensen, director of the pension reform project at Reason Foundation: “the ban is likely to do more harm than good both to the environment and to people’s pocketbooks.”

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Northampton public health officials not happy about plastic bag ban

October 19, 2014Mass Live

Public health officials in Northampton, Massachusetts plan to push back against a plan to make them the primary enforcers of a proposed citywide ban on certain plastic bags and styrofoam takeout containers at large retail and food establishments.

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Little Justification for California’s Plastic Bag Ban

October 19, 2014National Center for Policy Analysis

California recently became the first state to ban plastic bags. While 100 municipalities across the state had already banned the bags, California is the first to make such a ban statewide. Lance Christensen of the Reason Foundation explains why the bans are a bad idea, on several fronts.

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A Reality Check For “Environmentalists”

October 12, 2014FlashReport

Immediately following Gov. Jerry Brown signing the bill by Sen. Alex Padilla to ban the use of plastic bags at grocery stores and tax paper bags, now the progressive left is whining about the plastic bag industry initiating a referendum process for a vote of the people for the November 2016 election.

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