L.A.'s Plastic Bag Ban Upheld

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At a hearing today, Judge James Chalfant upheld L.A. County’s plastic bag ordinance.

The Court found that the County's proposed 10-cent paper bag charge was not a tax under the California Constitution because retailers keep all of the money collected pursuant to the ordinance, and even if the charge were a tax, it would be considered exempt to Prop 26.

While an appeal is expected, this decision is encouraging for California cities moving forward with their own plastic bag ordinances.

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