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Policy Clearinghouse: Contagious Issues On the Radar Screen

Ian Scott

Barely two years ago, Chamber Executive ran a cover story titled “Catching and Tracking Contagious Issues.” In the article, my colleague Lisa Itamura highlighted the “noticeable trend of policies spreading from state to state,” and speculated about the factors that drive certain issues to become “contagious.” To illustrate how state/local policy proposals can spread, she traced plastic bag bans from San Francisco’s 2005 bag tax and 2007 ban through similar proposals in Oakland, Portland, Boston and eventually the state of California. And while the issue is still active (Washington, D.C., implemented
a 5-cent tax on plastic bags this January), don’t you yearn for a time when plastic bags were the most pressing issue?

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