November 8, 2016 Ballot Prop. 65

Proposition 65: Revenue from Disposable Bag Sales to Support Environmental Projects

Official Results

Available once the California Secretary of State has certified the election. This can take up to 3 weeks or more.

Yes votes: 6,222,547 (46.1%)
No votes: 7,276,478 (53.9%)

Redirects money collected by grocery and certain other retail stores through mandated sale of carryout bags. Requires stores to deposit bag sale proceeds into a special fund to support specified environmental projects. Fiscal Impact: Potential state revenue of several tens of millions of dollars annually under certain circumstances, with the monies used to support certain environmental programs.

Pro/Con Statements

Supporters of Proposition 65 believe the measure is needed to stop grocery stores from keeping the revenue collected from carryout bag taxes. They believe this money should be used for environmental projects instead.
Opponents claim that Proposition 65 is an effort by out-of-state plastic bag companies to confuse voters and distract them from the issue of eliminating plastic shopping bags all together. They claim that Proposition 65 is without significance, that the funds generated would be very small and that voters should support Proposition 67 instead.