The Committee to Refer the Bag Ban to Voters (CRBBV) is now collecting signatures to refer City of Newport Ordinance #2148 regarding single-use plastic bags to the voters of Newport.
On 4/15/19 the Newport City Council voted 5-2 in favor of this Ordinance which overrides the 2013 vote of the people against a ban. The vote against the ban passed 57% to 43%. In their decision to override the vote of the people this Council sets the precedent to do this to other past and future votes of the people.
CRBBV has heard comments regarding the cost of putting this issue on the ballot. Our position is that the amount it would cost $7000-$8000, to refer this issue to the voter is a small part of the City’s $10 million General Fund. CRBBV also thinks that funds spent to ensure direct participation by voters of Newport show the City’s commitment to letting the electorate’s voice be heard.
CRBBV acknowledges that it has been 5 years since the first vote and feelings on this issue may have changed. There is no better way for persons who already voted on this issue in the past and those who have recently moved here who wish to have their voice heard than to have this issue put on the November ballot.
CRBBV has to collect 900 signatures by May 15 in order to have this Ordinance referred back to the voters. Persons eligible to sign the petition must be a registered Newport Voter. If you wish to sign our petition you can go to Nostalgia Antique Mall 120 Oregon Coast Hwy or call 541-574-9078 to be directed to someone authorized to take your signature.
CRBBV does not have a position on the Ordinance but only wishes to see this issue brought to the voters of Newport.