As traditional newspapers struggle to survive in this new digital age, Bruce Patterson (Republican??) wants to saddle them with the additional burden of collecting a rather substantial deposit from the sale of each paper. This would, no doubt, discourage newspaper sales. Who wants to keep all of their old newspapers, like so many pop cans, then drive them to a newspaper deposit redemption facility? With the alternative being that their paper suddenly costs 50% more, I'll bet that many people simply drop their subscriptions and/or stop buying papers on the street. Wow, way to stab a struggling industry in the back.
Then there is the issue of these new newspaper collection centers, where people would have to drag their papers to get the money back. These don't exist yet. That means that stores, or maybe the newspaper publishers themselves, would be forced to establish a system for dealing with these paper returns. Another wasteful burden on the employers of this state.
Why the push to force recycling of newspaper? It isn't like plastic. It can be composted. It's biodegradable. It's really quite harmless - unlike this absolute stinker of a bill.
For the love of all things good and conservative: Please, kill this bill.