Washington state legislature pre-files bill banning plastic straws

Washington state legislature pre-files bill banning plastic straws
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The Washington state legislature has pre-filed a bill for this session to ban the selling and distributing of single-use plastic straws in Washington. The bill, if passed and implemented, prohibits straw sales and distribution starting July 1, 2020.

The document details that healthcare facilities and advocates for persons with disabilities are required to come up with solutions for those who have a need for plastic straws due to physical limitations. They say that by December of 2019, health officials must have recommendations for solutions to this impending problem.

The bill would be enforced by jurisdictional health departments and would be responsible for reporting the first and second plastic straw sale-and-use violations.

After the second violation, the bill says individuals would be subject to a “civil penalty” of 25 dollars for each day, and “not to exceed 300 dollars per year.”

The bill is sponsored by state senator Patty Kuderer (D) from District 48, and would add a new chapter to Washington’s 70 RCW on Public Health and Safety, a permanent list of state laws in force. Seattle was one of the first cities to ban the use of plastic straws earlier this year.

To read the bill, click here.

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