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Some City and Business Groups Urge Veto of "Big Box" Bill



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The bill would require retailers like Walmart, to pay for an economic impact report before they can move ahead with a new store.  Chris McKenzie is the Executive Director of the League of California Cities.  He says the measure is unfair and kills opportunities to create new jobs.

McKenzie: "SB 469 requires superstores to submit to a 17-point economic impact analysis but does not require membership stores, department stores, grocery chains and shopping malls and other large projects with similar impacts to submit to the same report…"

Democratic State Senator Juan Vargas wrote the bill and calls it the "Small and Neighborhood Business Protection Act".  He argues such supercenters can hurt business districts.  Governor Brown has until October ninth to sign or veto this and hundreds of bills on his desk.

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