Oregon Senate OKs law banning straws from restaurants

Plastic straws could be off the menu under a measure making its way through the Oregon Legislature.

Posted: Apr 11, 2019 3:02 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Plastic straws could be off the menu under a measure making its way through the Oregon Legislature.

The Oregon Senate voted 23-6 Thursday to prohibit restaurants from providing single-use plastic straws unless a customer asks. Drive-thrus could still be able to offer straws.

Sen. Michael Dembrow, a Democrat from Portland, said that single-use plastics may be convenient, but they carry long-term environmental costs.

Oregon would become the second in the nation after California to enact such a measure. Cities - including Seattle, New York City, and Portland - have also moved to ban plastic straws.

The proposal now goes to the House for consideration.

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