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Seattle Voters Overturn Bag Tax

Ian Scott on Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 11:27:31 pm

We've followed the emerging plastic bag ban trend on the Clearinghouse Blog for a while now.  See: Seattle to Vote on Plastic Bag Tax (April 09) and Plastic Bag Ban On Hold in Arizona (Aug 08). 

Frequent readers of Chamber Executive, ACCE's authoritative journal for and about chambers of commerce, may recall that the plastic bag ban issue was a featured example in Lisa Itamura's article Catching and Tracking Contagious Issues, the cover story for the Fall 2007 issue.

The latest chapter in the Seattle Bag Ban saga played out this week when voters rejected the 20 cent fee for plastic and paper bags passed by the city council.  The Associated Press quoted a plastic industry official as saying the vote, "represents a sound defeat for other efforts in U.S. cities to limit the use of the throwaway bags."

"If they can't do it there, they can't do anywhere," said Stephen Joseph, a San Francisco attorney with SavethePlasticBag.com, who has challenged several plastic bag bans in California.

Check out the AP article for more about this issue:  Seattle votes down fee on plastic, paper bags

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