Issaquah voters to decide whether to repeal city's plastic bag ban

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 11 at 3:33 PM

ISSAQUAH – February 11 is a special Election Day. Thirty-three measures are on the ballot in King County. Most are school levies, but Issaquah voters will decide whether to annex the Klahanie area into their city and whether to repeal the city’s ban on plastic bags. 

Opponents of the Issaquah's plastic bag ban collected thousands of signatures to get this measure in Tuesday's special election.

"A lot of people that may not be opposed to a ban, but resented the fact they didn't get a choice on this, I believe that's wrong, I believe it's wrong to ban these bags," said Craig Keller with Save Our Choice Co-Founder.

Keller is actually from Seattle but is spearheading Prop 1, the “yes campaign” to get rid of the plastic bag ban in Issaquah.

Issaquah’s city council passed the ban in 2012 after the idea came from a group of Girl Scouts and a lot of public testimony.

Supporters of the ban say this law is working. The community is reducing litter and waste and is asking people to vote "no" on this initiative. A “no” vote would keep the ban in place and minimum 5-cent charge for a paper bag.

The vote is drawing different opinions.

"It's kind of hard for an older person to change cause we kind of go by routine. But once I've done it, it's not a problem and I'm thinking gosh I'm just saving the environment,” said Judy Johansen, an Issaquah shopper.

"Absolutely plastic bags can be useful for a lot of different things. I even put my hiking boots in a bag and keep my car from getting dirty,” said Scott Prueter, an Issaquah shopper. 

Ballots must be postmarked by February 11 or returned at ballot drop boxes throughout King County. The deadline is 8:00 p.m. 

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