Proposed bill would ban paper receipts in California

Posted at 10:20 AM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 13:20:22-04

(KGTV) – Some California lawmakers are using the state’s recent plastic straw ban as part of an effort to ban paper receipts.

Assembly Bill 161, introduced by Assemblyman Phil Ting, would require businesses to provide electronic versions of receipts, unless a customer specifically requests a receipt in paper form.

AB 161 contains similar language to the state’s plastic straw ban, which was passed into law in 2018 and took effect this year.

Supporters of the proposal say banning paper receipts would easily eliminate paper waste. However, critics of the bill believe paper receipts are necessary to help protect customers from potential false theft or fraud claims.

If passed, the ban would take effect in 2022.