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Below are articles posted in various media outlets about bag legislation and may contain opinions that are not necessarily endorsed by International Paper.



California Assemblyman Matthew Harper seeks to repeal 10 cent fee:

Importance of repealing 10 cent fee in California:

Plastic companies contribute $1.3 million to the bag ban referendum in California:

Not everyone wants to follow California’s example:

SB 270 fee for paper is a tax on consumers that’s given to grocers: 

Council attempts to lower fee or not charge paper at all fails:

Bag ban creates “unforeseen complications” for identifying shoplifters:

Napa, CA op ed expressing anger over local bag ban and suggesting it be put on the ballot:

Citizens in Huntington Beach, CA voice their outrage over a city plastic bag ban that was passed last fall citing anger that the measure was never brought to the ballot:

Milipitas, California City Council rejects plastic bag ban citing cost and inconvenience for local businesses.

The Los Angeles Times editorial board supports the upcoming plastic bag ban in Los Angeles and hopes that it will have enough data to examine the perennial arguments that such bans reduce pollution or eliminate jobs.

As the City of Los Angeles approaches its single use plastic bag ban, environmental groups distribute nearly 8,000 reusable bags to further inform residents of this upcoming change.

After the Davis City Council bans plastic bags, the Sacramento Editorial Board urges the State legislature to pass statewide legislation.

President of the California Grocers Association urges for the passage of legislation that bans plastic bags and places a fee on paper bags to protect businesses from patchwork compliance standards.

An Op-Ed penned by International Paper’s Teri Shanahan and Craig Williams highlighting the environmental benefits of paper bags and explaining why bag bans limit consumer choice.  


Voters in Durango, Colo., have repealed an ordinance to put a 10-cent fee on plastic bags.


28 Chicago aldermen have signed a letter requesting, “additional time to study the impacts of such a ban on Chicago's retailers, consumers and workforce."


Members of the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County’s (MPOJC) policy board in Iowa are not willing to pursue a ban on plastic shopping bags citing, “…grocers already provide recycling bins for customers, and many residents reuse plastic bags in their homes. Plus … banning the bags would lead to a host of other questions…”

New Hampshire

Bag ban is the wrong approach to sustainability:


After 6 months, the City of Eugene, Oregon reviews the impact of the plastic bag ban and finds that half of the shoppers paid the 5 cent fee per paper bag.


Texas Governor Greg Abbott wants to repeal bans stating such rules create a “patchwork quilt of bans and rules and regulations that is eroding the Texas model.”

Laredo Merchants Association files lawsuit against their city’s plastic bag ban challenging its legality because it will impact businesses financially:


Neighborhood plastic shopping bag lists the names of council members who voted for the ban along with phone numbers and term expiration dates, and the following direction, “Phone these politicians to ask if they voted to ban your plastic bags and force(d) you to pay for paper.”