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October 7, 2011 > Bag maker sues LA County over plastic bag ban

Bag maker sues LA County over plastic bag ban

Submitted By AP Wire Service

LOS ANGELES (AP), Oct 04 - A plastic bags maker and four residents are suing Los Angeles County over a new ordinance that bans stores in unincorporated parts of the county from using single-use plastic bags.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the ordinance violates Proposition 26, which classified many fees as taxes so that a two-thirds majority vote is needed to change them.

Last year, Los Angeles County approved a measure that bans grocers from giving customers single-use plastic bags and would require them to charge 10 cents for each paper bag. The ordinance went into effect this summer and applies to unincorporated sections of the county, home to 1.1 million people.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court by South Carolina-based bag-maker Hilex Poly Co. and four residents who purchased the bags.

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