The group that represents the plastic bag industry just announced yesterday that they have gathered over 800,000 of the 505,000 signatures needed to place the statewide plastic bag ban repeal on the November 2016 ballot.
I would caution folks not to get too excited about this news considering the history of our overly-partisan Secretary of State’s office! As many of you know, the California Secretary of State’s office, which just switched from being run by one partisan liberal Democrat to another, has a long history of overly scrutinizing conservative ballot measures and finding obscure loopholes in the law to reject thousands of signatures certified by individual Counties.
Just recently, signature gathering efforts to place the so-called Six California measure and the Transgender Bathroom Bill repeal were both rejected by out-going Secretary of State Debra Bowen. Bowen invalidated thousands of these signatures and she attempted to also place bogus deadline dates on their arrival, which promoted a Sacramento Superior Court Judge to rebuke her for disenfranchising voters! Read below!
Proponents of both measures had delivered well over the amount of signatures needed, just as proponents of the bag ban repeal are claiming here! I’ve seen this movie before and I’ve seen it enough times to know how it ends! This is the consequence of living in a state dominated by one-party progressive rule! Don’t be shocked if this thing ultimately gets rejected by our new liberal Secretary of State Alex Padilla!
Assuming proponents of the bag ban repeal do get this measure on the ballot, a new law signed by Brown and passed by the Legislature may add another wrinkle to their efforts! This new law requires that any measure certified as a result of the signature gathering process must be placed on the November ballot of the following election year.
The strategy behind passing such a law was to give liberals the advantage due to the high voter turn-out among Democrats in the November general election as opposed to the primary, especially in Presidential election years!
However, one advantage that bag ban repeal proponents have is deep pockets to mount a formidable campaign and to match and even surpass what the radical environmentalists will likely spend! Just this year we’ve seen how money plays a big role in messaging with the successful efforts to defeat both Prop.45 and Prop. 46!
Let’s hope and pray that this time the bag ban repeal doesn’t meet the same fate as the Bathroom Bill repeal and the efforts to split California into six separate states!
We can only hope that a rejection by voters of this out of control Nanny-Statism will spread throughout the country and result in many municipalities rejecting similar efforts in their local cities.
If this measure does get the official green light, the statewide law will be placed on hold and won’t go into effect in July as previously scheduled! Stay tuned! Read below!
By: Kelly R. Hubbard