Richard Frank, LEGAL PLANET
If you’re a registered California voter who supports implementation of California’s statewide ban on single-use plastic bags without further delay, vote Yes on Proposition 67 and No on Proposition 65.
California’s longstanding efforts to eliminate single-use plastic bags from the marketplace and the environment have finally reached California voters.
The November 8th general election ballot contains a breathtaking 17 separate propositions–16 proposed initiative measures and one referendum measure. Propositions 65 and 67 both deal with the same subject–a proposed ban on single-sue plastic bags. Those dueling measures are confusing–intentionally so.
To understand those measures and the political intrigue involved, a bit of background is required. For years, environmental organizations have lobbied to ban ubiquitous single-use plastic bags from grocery, drug and convenience stores, because so many of the non-biodegradable bags wind up in landfills, or worse. They clog sewers and sewage treatment plants, and form a particularly noxious threat to the ocean environment. They often entangle (“entrain”) fish, seabirds and marine mammals, and contribute to the massive plastic “dead zones” that have formed in the Pacific Ocean and other marine environments.
Read more at: Of Initiative Wars, Plastic Bags and Poison Pills | Legal Planet