Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) August 26, 2010
More than 500 grocers, retailers, businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the state are urging legislators to vote NO on AB 1998, the so-called “bag ban bill.” This week, the California State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People issued a Floor Alert urging state Senators to vote against the bill.
“The California State Conference of the NAACP believes that AB 1998 is well intended; however, we feel that AB 1998 is not practical in many “take-the-groceries-home-scenarios,” and serves as a hidden tax on consumers at the checkout stand,” says the Floor Alert issued August 25.
The California State Conference of the NAACP joins the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, San Diego Urban Economic Corporation and dozens of small grocers and retailers across the state to oppose the legislation. These organizations believe that hidden taxes pose an undue burden on businesses and consumers. High unemployment, foreclosures and increasing bankruptcies are impacting families across the state. Many feel AB 1998 will add additional hardship.
“With all of these issues in California impacting the African American community, AB 1998 does not take into consideration the impact a few extra cents per bag of groceries at every visit will make to a struggling family,” according to the State Conference floor alert.
AB 1998 has been referred to the Senate Rules Committee where it awaits action.
The growing list of those opposing AB 1998 includes more than 500 businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout California, including:
For a full list of those opposed to AB 1998 and more information about AB 1998, visit http://www.stopthebagpolice.com. Visitors are also invited to sign up to receive updates.
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