There’s a new bill that’s being considered and it’s all about straws.

If approved, House Bill 19–1143 would specifically prohibit restaurants from automatically giving customers plastic straws. This would make Colorado the latest state in a national trend that involves limiting the use of plastic straws. This bill also limits the ability of a local government to make their own single-use plastic-straw related regulations.

Straws could still be given out on request. There are also a few exceptions mentioned in the bill, including that restaurants could still have self-service straw stations, drive-thru restaurants could still automatically hand out plastic straws, and packaged food could still come with plastic straws.

This anti-plastic straw movement was sparked by a viral video of a turtle with a straw in its nose that was widely spread in 2015.


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