Vote Yes on Prop 67 To Uphold California's Bag Ban

Voters have a key opportunity this November to uphold California's single-use plastic bag ban, but need to watch out for dirty ballot tricks by the bag industry. 

Vote Yes on Prop 67 to implement the statewide bag ban passed by the legislature in 2014:

  • California enacted a state-wide plastic bag ban (SB270-Padilla) into law in 2014.
  • The law was blocked when out-of-state manufacturers placed Prop 67 on the ballot. It requires voters to approve the implementation of SB 270, the legislatively enacted ban. 
  • These out-of state bag manufacturers have now placed two measures on the November ballot (Prop 67 and Prop 65) in order to confuse voters and prevent a state-wide plastic bag ban. 

Vote NO on Prop 65 because it could invalidate the statewide bag ban. 

  • Prop 65 sounds good because it would divert funds raised from the sale of paper bags to an environmental fund. 
  • Legal analysis indicates taht there is a good chance that if Prop 65 passes, the fees charged on bags, as a result of the passage of Prop 67, could be viewed as a tax, and require a 2/3 majority of voters to support it in order to be valid, which means Prop 65 could invalidate the state bag ban, since 2/3 of voters supporting is a very high bar. 
  • We know: It's super-condfusing. But that's the point. We're pretty sure the bag industry put this on the ballot because they want to confuse voters. 

Research shows people make decisions about which political issues to support based on peer pressure, and while the majority of Californians are inclined to support the bag ban, it's important that they get out and vote. Please persuade your friends to vote too.

Here are five reasons Vote Yes to support the bag ban:

1. Bag bans work. Los Angeles County, San Jose County and Alameda County have all readuced platic bag use and litter by imposing their own bans. In Los Angeles, overall single bag usage reduced by 95% while San Jose and Alameda reduced bag litter in the storm drain system by more than 86%.

2. Plastic bags kill wildlife. 690 marine species are impacted by entanglement and ingestion of plastic bags, and in California we throw away 13 billion bags each year.

This is a mother sea otter in California, desperately trying to free her trapped pup from a single-use plastic bag. Luckily in this instance, after several minutes of screaming, this mother was able to free her pup. But plastic bags threaten more than 600 species in California, and not every creature is so lucky. The picture was taken by Santa Cruz wildlife photographer Terry McCormac. Here's what he had to say about the experience of watching helplessly from the shore:

3. The problem is getting worse. Currently 8 million tons of plastic wash into the ocean each year and there’s approximately 150 million tons of plastic in the ocean — that’s 100 times more plastic in the ocean today than 10 years ago. Most marine plastics are packaging and bags. A 2016 World Economic Forum report says there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean by weight, by 2050.

4. California has already spoken. The Legislature passed and the Governor signed SB 270 (Padilla) into law in 2014, making California the first state in the nation to enact a single use plastic bag ban.

5. Money is the only reason this is on the ballot. Out-of-state plastic bag manufacturers spent more than $3 million to get this on the ballot and are willing to spend millions more. California needs to protect its communities and wildlife, not the profits of a handful of out-of-state manufacturers.

Vote YES to side with California. Hundreds of public officials, dozens of media outlets and more than 50 environmental groups have now endorsed a yes vote on the bag ban.

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