It's off to the ballot box for the plastic bag ban in California as the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) announced that group has collected more than 800,000 signatures from California voters and submitted the final petitions to county registrars prior to the December 29th deadline. APBA Executive Director Lee Califf, said in a statement: "We are confident the Secretary of State's office will verify the required 504,760 signatures to qualify the referendum for the November 2016 ballot."
December 29th was the deadline to collect the signatures for the referendum to repeal Senate Bill 270, which the APBA said, "was never about the environment. It was a back room deal between the grocers and union bosses to scam California consumers out of billions of dollars in bag fees without providing any public benefit. We are pleased to have reached this important milestone in the effort to repeal a terrible piece of job-killing legislation, and look forward to giving California voters a chance to make their voice heard at the ballot box in 2016."