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Superior Court Upholds Los Angeles County Bag Ban via @surfrider #plastic #ocean

Superior Court Upholds Los Angeles County Bag Ban via @surfrider #plastic #ocean

Superior Court Upholds Los Angeles County Bag Ban March 23 2012 | Legal , Rise Above Plastics , Bag Bans , by Angela Howe In a Los Angeles Superior Court hearing today, Judge James C. Chalfant upheld the County of Los Angeles ordinance to impose a single-use plastic bag ban with a 10-cent fee on paper bags. This case was brought by Petitioner Hilex Poly Co. LLC, a plastic bag manufacturing company, and several named individuals to challenge the 10-cent charge on paper bags as an illegal tax under California's Prop 218 and Prop 26 that regulate when local governments can impose a tax. Judge Chalfant declared that the 10-cent price required on paper bags in grocery stores was, in fact, not a tax or fee regulated by the Prop 218 or Prop 26 because 1) the charge is not a general or special tax because it does not raise revenue for the County and 2) even if stores were the agen...

Full article: http://www.surfrider.org/coastal-blog/entry/5105

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