ISSAQUAH, WASH. (July 20, 1:15 p.m. ET) — An effort to overturn a plastic bag ban in Issaquah, Wash., appears to have fallen short of the required signatures to get on the ballot in November, the Issaquah Press reported.
Located 17 miles from Seattle, Issaquah boasts a population of more than 30,000. Lawmakers there passed the ban earlier this year, with it set to take effect March 1, 2013, for large retailers and March 1, 2014, for smaller retailers, the newspaper reported. The measure also forces retailers to charge 5 cents per paper bag.
A group calling itself Save Our Choice began a petition drive to put a repeal of the law on the November ballot, but election officials said the group turned in 2,178 signatures and more than 2,458 are needed for the item to make the ballot. The organizer of the campaign told the newspaper he plans to continue to collect signatures.