Plastic Straw ban

Plastic Straws
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By Cathy Carter

A Tennessee man died this week after being infected with a flesh-eating bacteria during a trip to a Florida beach. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a controversial bill Friday that would have restricted the right of local governments - including St. Petersburg - to regulate single-use plastic straws.

Controversy Swirls Around Straws And Sunscreen

Mar 5, 2019

What started out as an effort to prevent local governments from regulating the distribution of plastic straws morphed Monday into a push for a study on the issue, lumped in with an attempt to prohibit cities and counties from banning certain sunscreens.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Florida Retail Association and Disability Rights Florida are among the groups supporting the study on straws.

A number of environmental groups opposing the proposal (SB 588) argue that studies already show plastic and certain sunscreens are detrimental to the environment.
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Local governments wouldn’t be able to regulate single-use plastic straws under a measure filed Thursday in the House.