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Plastic Bag Maker Says L.A. Bag Ban
Includes Illegal Tax on Paper Bags

Oct. 5, 2011, 4:00 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A plastic bag maker sued Los Angeles County Oct. 3, alleging the county’s ordinance banning plastic carry-out bags includes an illegal 10-cent tax on paper bags offered by retailers (Schmeer v. County of Los Angeles).

Hilex Poly Co. and four Los Angeles County residents named as plaintiffs are asking the Los Angeles County Superior Court to strike down the ordinance in effect since July 1. They allege the 10-cent “charge” that retailers may levy on paper bags for customers is a special tax that required approval by two-thirds of voters and not simply by the Los Angeles ...