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California Rejects Ban on Long Paper Receipts

California Rejects Ban on Long Paper Receipts

The bill would have required businesses by 2022 to provide customers with electronic receipts unless a paper receipt was requested.

California lawmakers have rejected a ban restricting retailers from handing out unusually long paper receipts.

Initially, the bill would have required businesses by 2022 to provide customers with electronic receipts unless a paper receipt was requested. The bill also sought to ban certain chemicals from being used on paper receipts. However, the bill had been significantly scaled back recently due to criticism from the paper industry and business groups.

Los Angeles Times has more:

Props, costumes and a Jimmy Kimmel joke weren’t enough to prevent the California Senate from trashing a bill Friday that would have restricted retailers from routinely handing out unwanted and unusually long receipts.

Assembly Bill 161 by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) would have required stores to ask consumers if they wanted receipts before printing them in an effort to reduce paper waste in the state. The bill had been significantly scaled back in recent months after criticism from the paper industry and business groups. Finally, it stalled in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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