Jodi McDonald: What plastic bag ban? |

Jodi McDonald: What plastic bag ban?

While visiting and shopping in Placer County the other day the cashier at Raley’s asked, “Paper or plastic?”

Seeing my shocked look she said, “You must be from Grass Valley where stores voluntarily ban plastic-single use bags.”

I came home and did some research and sure enough there is no ban on single-use plastic bags in effect in the state of California. California voters will get their say next year on the state’s proposed ban on plastic bags. The law’s opponents gathered enough valid voter signatures to qualify for a November 2016 referendum on the measure. The referendum’s qualification suspends the law until voters weigh in. Nearly 810,000 signatures were turned in last December. Election officials estimated that 598,000 of the signatures were valid, 43,000 more than needed to qualify.

Nevada County, shame on you for making us feel guilty for wanting the convenience of plastic. There is no law in effect banning them. You say bring your own bags? OK I’m bringing my own plastic bags for you to fill. Lightweight, convenient, easy to handle, and don’t take up storage space. I’ll vote ‘no’ on the ban in 2016.

Jodi McDonald

Grass Valley

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