Seattle voters may end up with last word on bag fee
The Seattle Times 08.29.08
Seattle voters moved a step closer Thursday to getting a chance to repeal the 20-cent bag fee the city wants all grocery, convenience and drugstores to charge for paper and plastic bags. A coalition of plastic and grocery industries submitted 22,252 signatures to the city this week to allow voters to decide whether they favor the fee — 14,374 of them must be verified to put the issue on the ballot. The deadline was Thursday to submit the signatures.
Our Take: As expected, industry interests are fighting tooth and nail to kill Seattle’s bag fee, modeled after Ireleand’s hugely successful Plastax. Set to take effect Jan 1, the initiative would have set a sea-change precedent for cities across the nation.