Leawood, Kan. – October 13, 2023: On October 8, 2023, California’s Governor declined to sign Senate Bill 728 and all related amendments (“SB 728”). The California legislative session has ended; therefore, the legislature has no opportunity to override the Governor’s veto. The bill is now considered dead. SB 728 would have prohibited the sale or distribution of plastic gift cards in California on or after January 1, 2027, with limited exceptions. 2023 SB 728 (b) & (e).
In a statement issued by the Office of the Governor, the Governor expressed concern “that an outright ban without any incentives for compliance will disproportionately impact the state’s small business community, as digital gift cards may not be a feasible option for many businesses or consumers.” See, California. Office of the Governor. Letter regarding Senate Bill 728, October 8, 2023 (found by clicking the link below). In that statement the Governor also urged the Senate to “consider alternatives to a statutory, single-product ban to help meet the state’s plastic waste reduction goals.” Id.
To read the full statement issued by the Governor’s office, click here: Governor Newsom Senate Bill 728 Statement.
To read California Senate Bill 728, click here: California Senate Bill 728.
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