Florida bill would put a halt on plastic straw bans

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FILE – This July 17, 2018 file photo shows wrapped plastic straws at a bubble tea cafe in San Francisco. If you want a straw with your drink you may soon have to ask at California restaurants. Lawmakers in the Assembly voted 45-20 Thursday, Aug. 23, to send Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to bar […]

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida’s local governments wouldn’t be able to ban plastic straws for the next five years under a bill going to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
    
The bill passed the Senate on a 24-15 vote Tuesday. It also requires a study of local straw bans that have already been enacted in Florida, including the information governments relied on to make their decisions.
    
A legislative analysis of the bill lists 10 Florida cities that have enacted straw bans, including Miami Beach, St. Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale.
    
The bill also has language requiring local governments to address the collection and processing of recyclable materials that have been contaminated with non-recyclable trash. Governments couldn’t require private recycling companies to pick up and process contaminated recyclables unless it is specified in a contract.

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