Bag ban petition is in limbo

September 17, 2013

By Peter Clark

More than 1,500 signatures are invalid, county says

King County has preliminarily invalidated more than 1,500 signatures from the bag ban appeal Sept. 13.

In a letter sent to City Clerk Tina Eggers and Save Our Choice co-founder Craig Keller, King County Voter Services Program Manager Julie Wise wrote that the submitted petition had failed the department’s first review. However, it has still not released an official certificate of insufficiency.

Save Our Choice has sought to bring the recent ban on plastic bags to a public referendum, discontent that it passed through the City Council without receiving a larger vote.

“Currently, of the 3,687 signatures submitted and reviewed, 2,121 were determined to be registered voters of King County within the city of Issaquah,” Wise wrote. “Since that number does not meet the required 2,549, the petition is insufficient.”

The county will review the signatures again before issuing the certificate of insufficiency. County Communications Manager Kim van Ekstrom said that could happen by Sept. 20.

If the county does take that step, the petitioners have 10 days to add more signatures and resubmit the petition for approval, according to the Initiative and Referendum Guide for Washington City and County charters. If the county finds it insufficient a second time, the petition fails and the drive for signatures must begin anew.

Keller, the primary drive behind the appeal, had hoped for a citizen-led referendum to decide the fate of the ordinance. He said he was not fazed by the county’s preliminary count.

“We’re not done yet,” Keller said. “So, I think we need a couple hundred, and my bottom line is to encourage everyone that still wants to sign it to download the petition and send it in, ASAP.”

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2 Responses to “Bag ban petition is in limbo”

  1. repealbagfee on September 18th, 2013 9:08 pm

    Issaquah needs another 370 signatures in the next 10 days to put repeal bag ban on ballots. Please spread the words. Contact or to sign the petition now!


    You want to watch this 6 minute movie on Youtube:
    Are You Being Told the Trust about Plastic Bags?

    Or directly at this website:

    This movie has cited specific scientists’ name, their organizations, and the data they collected. You will also learned how they were interpreted by the activists and policy makers. I hope you find it both informative and – amusing.

    Real scientists vow to the unbiased principal. They involve in research and data gathering. They do not advocate. They do not get involve in activism.

    Those who advocates — are not scientists.

    The bag ban and fee are bad for:

    — businesses. Bagging customers purchases is the least of customer services retailers should provide, especially when it comes to discretionary shopping, which is for fun. If it is no fun anymore, whey do we shop? All shops can close, and we can all go home.

    — residents. Many of us use plastic bags for garbage and pet waste. Without them, we have to buy much bigger and thicker trash bags. Why is the later better?

    — environment. Plastic bags is a by-product of natural gas, not oil. They take little to produce. Paper bags come from tree which need to be logged, debarked, chop and dice, add water to make pulp, squeeze water out and flatten to make paper. The processes take much more energy and resources and cause more greenhouse effect. Why is paper better?


    If the law is so good, put it on the ballots and let us vote. That is how democracy works. If parents will not make “laws” and impose on their children to “modify their behavior for the greater good”, why should the city council do it to its adult-citizens?

    Read more on:

  2. Mark on September 23rd, 2013 5:34 pm

    Bye Bye Platic and Bye Bye Craig Keller!!!!…nobody cares what you think!!!!!!…

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