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#54:

Eliminate inferior non-perishable packaging and products

Banning many foam products, plastic straws, certain types of plastic bags, wraps, and bottles, that are not adequately biodegradable.

This legislation prohibits the manufacturing and selling of foam products — cups, plates, bowls and clamshell containers, in its entirety within 3 years of the passing of this legislation. This legislation prohibits restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores, from using, selling, giving away any and all of these product types within 1 year of the passing of this legislation. Within 18 months of the passing of this legislation it shall be unlawful to manufacture, sell, and or for any commercial entity to freely give away straws made with plastic/in whole or in part. Within 1 year of the passing of this legislation it shall be prohibited to manufacture, sell, commercially give away any and all plastic bags that are 1 mil or 2 mil thickness. Within 3 years of the passing of this legislation it shall be prohibited to manufacture, sell, commercially give away any and all plastic wraps/sheets, and bags that are designed for a 1 time use, including sandwich bags that are 1 mil, or 2 mil, or 3 mil thick. All 4 mil+ bags (with a zipper lock or not), and or wraps, sheets, sold after 3 years from the passing of this legislation, must be correct date stamped manufactured and  only date stamp bags/wraps/etc… manufactured after this legislation enactment date are eligible for recycle fee reimbursement, shall have a recycle fee of $0.50 per sheet/per bag/etc… for the next 7 years after the recycling fee commences, then it shall jump to $1.00 for the next 7 years, and then a $2.00 recyclable fee – for every sub wrapper, sheet, bag, etc.., at final cutting, regardless of size, down to its final intended use. (example, if a sub used a poly plastic wrap during the first of the 7 years of implementation recyclable fee, and 2 wraps were used, at $0.50 cent each, then a recyclable fee of $1 ($0.50+$0.50=$1) would be added to the cost that were manufactured after the recyclable fee commenced – and whereby these applicable/post commencing of the recyclable fee/manufactured time stamped wraps could be brought back to recycling for the reimbursement of the $1 recyclable fee that was paid. All final intended plastic (any product that contains elements subject to this legislation) use cuts, must be date and time stamped, as described herein. Also, customers who bring their own bags, is encouraged. This shall not override more stringent local municipal laws or state laws on these types of items/except for the recyclable fee per bag/wrap/sheet/etc… Plastic and foam products, as stated herein, are subject to this legislation if they are not biodegradable.

The term biodegradable is defined as if a product fully and absolutely decomposes to standard compost conditions within 12 months, regardless of the type of polymer used. Violators, persons, and person’s in companies, and companies will face fines between $200-$1,000 per bag, per entity involved, and if found to have violated this legislation, upon such judicial determination of any financial liability, the offender will pay, and will be garnished/and or have all assets frozen until the monies are paid in full, and this financial judicial order against the offender is not eligible to be discharged in bankruptcy, or any other manner, there is no statute of limitations, there are no bank accounts, monies, property, retirement accounts, trust funds, or other that can be protected, as all these accounts are subject to be frozen/seized/sold if necessary, until such time as all fines, fees, costs, legal and other, are fully satisfied. Acting as a whistleblower is legal and encouraged. Any person who violates this legislation on more than 3 separate times, after being notified in writing in any manner, then upon any violation thereafter, violators will face an automatic 1 year in jail, not to exceed 2 years in jail, per such violation., and board members of corporations are subject to personal notifications and penalties as described herein. Whistleblowers are eligible to collect monies if this legislation is violated. The offender(s) qualified immunity (if such person was/is a government employee/elected official/appointee) is stripped, without exception, for violating this legislation. The offender shall have any and all assets frozen, all fines/fees/legal fees, other costs, shall be paid by the offender. The offender will either be payroll deducted/garnished if still employed/and all assets shall be frozen until the whistleblowers monies are paid in full/if applicable, also, these fines and fees against the offender is not eligible to be discharged in bankruptcy, or any other manner, there is no statute of limitations, there are no bank accounts, monies, property, retirement accounts, trust funds, or other property or accounts that can be protected, as all these accounts are subject to be frozen/seized/sold if necessary, until such time as all fines, fees, costs, legal and other, are fully satisfied. The government/tax payers shall not pay for the legal defense of the person alleged to have violated this legislation. Any attorney working for or representing the government shall not be permitted to represent the person(s)(government employee/elected official/appointee) accused of violating this legislation.  This action can be brought in local, State, and or Federal court, of the relevant region, for enforceable court action. A small claims court, shall now have an exception for these whistleblower type cases as included/defined herein, to expand the limit to $200,000, including all costs/fees/ legal fees/interest/penalties/ damages/etc…whereby a whistleblower could have their matter heard. All small claim whistleblower matters shall be heard, in 4 months or less for the trial. Whistleblowers receive their 50% of the monies/as it comes in/half is continually diverted to the whistleblower. If the (whistleblower and or plaintiff loses – the whistleblower is only at risk if they were the sole plaintiff/if the whistleblower was not the sole plaintiff/the solely direct injured party/then the whistleblower has qualified immunity protection from all costs, fees, of any sort, in any capacity), the defendant and or government employee (herein defendant) fully prevails by judicial verdict/is victorious/found not to be liable in any capacity, by a judge’s order and verdict/jury verdict, then the defendant is entitled to be awarded all of their legal fees, costs, and all eligible awards and monies that they were facing/at risk to pay/in this legislation/and, the judge shall be eligible to award these monies to the defendant/and, fine these costs upon the Plaintiff. (government employee only)  The government may reimburse solely the government employee’s legal fees/legal fees only/nothing else of any sort, so long as the government employee prevailed by judicial verdict as described herein. The Plaintiff in this same scenario/if the judicial verdict is in favor of the government employee/the plaintiff would face all the same collectability risk(these monies/debts/ shall not be dischargeable in bankruptcy, all bank accounts and pensions are subject to being seized and or garnished, etc…). The onus for the defendant to prevail, to be awarded monies, is a burden of proof upon the government employee, therefore a verdict/decision, signed by a judge, declaring that the defendant/government employee was absolutely free of all liability/wrong doing, is required for the defendant to be eligible to be awarded and collect monies. Any form of settlement, does not meet this threshold for any award of monies on either side beyond the terms and conditions agreed upon in the executed settlement agreement.

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Would banning /restricting / regulating plastic and foam packaging (straws, bottles, bags, cups, sandwich wraps, etc.) in a common sense business-sensitive manner be a good thing?

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