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Paper receipts in California could be a thing of the past.

With Assembly Bill 161 businesses in California would have to give customers electronic receipts, introduced by Assemblyman Phil Ting D-San Francisco.

Existing law prohibits certain stores from providing a single-use carryout bag to a customer at the point of sale and prohibits full-service restaurants from providing single-use plastic straws to consumers unless requested by the consumer.

This bill would require, on and after January 1, 2022, a point-of-sale proof of purchase for the retail sale of food, alcohol, or other tangible personal property, or for the provision of services, provided to a consumer, as defined, by a business, as defined, to be provided only in electronic form except as provided.

The bill would specify that the first and 2nd violations of these provisions would result in a notice of violation and any subsequent violation would be punishable by a civil penalty of $25 for each day the business is in violation, but not to exceed an annual total of $300.

The bill would authorize the Attorney General, a district attorney, or a city attorney to enforce these provisions. Existing law prohibits a person, firm, partnership, association, or corporation that accepts credit cards for the transaction of business from requesting or requiring the cardholder to provide personal identification information, which is then recorded, as a condition to accepting the credit card as payment in full or in part for goods or services, subject to specified exceptions.

This bill would exempt from that requirement a person, firm, partnership, association, or corporation that is a business, as would be defined pursuant to the above provisions, and is requesting personal identification information that is necessary to provide the cardholder with a receipt in electronic form pursuant to the above provisions.

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