SB 120, by Sen. Sue Malek (D-Missoula), mandates that a retail food establishment may not provide patrons with a single-use plastic straw unless requested. Estimates suggest Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day, contributing to well over 8 million metric tons of plastic that end up in the ocean each year.

Senator Malek’s bill seeks to put the ball in the consumer’s court so that it becomes our own prerogative to decide whether or not to be a part of a needless waste stream.

Status

Heard in the Senate Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs Committee on Jan. 25th. Tabled in that committee. Likely dead.

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