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The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that trade group Washington Food Industry is pushing for a city referendum on a new Seattle law that will impose a 20 cent charge for every disposable plastic or paper bag used by shoppers in the city’s supermarkets, drug stores and convenience stores. The fee is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2009.

According to the story, the trade group, which represents independent grocers, has to collect more than 14,000 signatures by August 28 in order to get a referendum on the ballot for an August 2009 election.

KC's View:
While I understand the resistance to a fee, the grocers who are fighting this legislation run the risk of being on the wrong side of an issue that has momentum they cannot control.

And while the grocers say that a fee isn’t necessary to make the kind of progress needed in getting rid of disposable bags, it seems to me that enough progress were being made, then government wouldn’t even have considered such legislation.