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Goodwillindustries.jpegAn ongoing political fight between Goodwill Industries and for-profit companies that accept used clothing in collection boxes has been put on hold in the California Capitol.

Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, decided this week to pull her Senate Bill 450, ahead of a scheduled hearing before the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. The move means the bill, which was aimed at making it easier for property owners to remove unauthorized collection boxes, is likely dead until next year.

A Galgiani spokesman said the senator needed more time to work out amendments to the bill. She plans to push an updated version in the second year of the 2013-2014 legislative session.

"I think we're just trying to find a way to alleviate some concerns from the opposition, obviously take into account what they are saying," aide Thomas Lawson said.

Galgiani and the bill's backers argued that the change in law was needed to protect property owners in light of what they called a surge in unattended donation collection boxes left at commercial lots and other sites without permission. Critics had characterized the bill as an attempt by Goodwill to sideline its competition for used items.

Jonathan Franks, a spokesman for the opposition coalition, called Galgiani's decision to put the bill on hold a win for "choice, common sense, transparency and the urgency of more recycling rather than less."

"We hope that this is now the last time Goodwill brings this sort of legislation forth, as this should now serve as a conclusive rejection of their win-at-all costs multi-year attempt to create a monopoly," he said.


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PHOTO CREDIT: A bill making it easier for property owners to get rid of unwanted donation boxes pits Goodwill, which backs the proposed legislation, against other operations which also seek contributions of secondhand clothing. Goodwill does not rely on donation bins. Randy Pench / Sacramento Bee file, 2010.


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