Group opposing Shoreline plastic-bag ban won’t get issue to November ballot

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Tom Jamison and Ginny Scantlebury collecting signatures
in front of Haggen's in July

By Evan Smith

The proposed initiative to repeal Shoreline’s ban on plastic shopping bags won’t appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.

A leader of the group sponsoring the initiative said Saturday that the organization hasn’t collected enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

The ordinance, as passed by the Council, would take effect in February. It would have exceptions for wrappings around meat, fresh vegetables, fresh flowers and take-out food. It also would ban non-recyclable paper bags.

Revised 9-16-2013 3:40pm

3 comments:

Anonymous,  September 16, 2013 at 6:00 AM  

guess they'll just have to bag that idea.

Dan September 17, 2013 at 7:59 AM  

It was probably a doomed effort to attempt a repeal before the ban goes into effect. A sizeable proportion of the city population probably doesn't even know yet that this is going to happen.

The best chance to overturn this thing would be next year, once the reality has hit and made shoppers all too aware, not to mention angry---shoppers who diverted from supermarkets in N. Seattle because of the idiocy of being told that they couldn't have a plastic bag with handles, while one from the deli counter was just fine.

Retry the legislative effort then.

Anonymous,  September 17, 2013 at 9:46 AM  

Armchair quarterbacking. Did you help, Dan?

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