Editorial Support Grows for My Environmental Bill
Momentum is building to move California toward e-receipts. A few days ago, the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board endorsed my bill, AB 161, which allows consumers to choose whether they want a paper proof-of-purchase, an electronic version, or nothing at all. In today's digital age, the Board calls physical receipts wasteful and bad for your health. Please click here to read more.
It's not hard to see why there's growing support for AB 161. Most concerning is the health risk from touching paper receipts, which are often coated with Bisphenol A (BPA) or Bisphenol S (BPS). These toxins can cause developmental and neurological problems.
Also surprising to most Californians is the impact paper receipts have on our environment. Three million trees and nine billion gallons of water are consumed in making them every year. Remember, most of us don't need a receipt for everything. Some retailers have notably gotten out of control. Not only do they itemize the things you've bought, they have also included coupons, promotions and surveys. Even late night comedian, Jimmy Kimmel, recently joked about how ridiculously long receipts have gotten, making them "tall enough to ride Disneyland's Space Mountain." Watch the clip here.
AB 161 has gotten through two Assembly committees. I am working to get this important bill to the Governor as soon as possible.
Assemblymember, 19th District