August 29, 2014
For Immediate Release
LOS ANGELES COUNTY — Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich sharply criticized current efforts by the Democratic Legislature to ban plastic bags a deeply flawed proposal that only hits the state’s economically distressed communities in the pocketbook. The proposed ban on plastic bags will also impose a $0.10 fee on all paper bags that the grocery stores will collect.
In the attached letter to Governor Brown opposing this legislation, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich wrote, “The $0.10 per bag fee will force lower income residents in impoverished communities around the state to pay for paper bags, with little indication of how the money will be spent — or if it will just help line the pockets of major grocery stores.”
State legislation to ban plastic bags has failed in previous legislative sessions. The proposal in question, only recently passed the State Assembly after a labor union negotiated an undisclosed deal with a major grocery retailer on how the funds from the paper bag tax will be utilized.