Gov. DeSantis vetoes FL Legislature’s power grab over plastic straws

Plastic straws available at Table 23 in Tallahassee
Plastic straws available at Table 23 in Tallahassee

Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued his first legislative veto, and it targets a bill that would have forbidden local governments from banning single-use plastic straws.

In his veto message Friday, the governor noted that numerous cities have enacted such bans.

“These measures have not, as far as I can tell, frustrated any state policy or harmed the state’s interests. In fact, the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation has encouraged Florida residents, schools and business to reduce plastic straw use,” he wrote.

“Under these circumstances, the state should simply allow local communities to address this issue during the political process. Citizens who oppose plastic straw ordinances can seek recourse by electing people who share their views.”

The governor’s office announced the move around three hours after issuing a press release noting that he had received the legislation – HB 771.

As the Florida Phoenix has reported, the movement to ban plastic straws stemmed from concerns about the dangers plastic poses for the planet. An estimated 8 million tons of plastic waste ends up in the world’s oceans annually, according to the United Nations Environmental Program.

Cities enacting such bans include St. Petersburg, Miami, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Sanibel and Fort Myers.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Florida Retail Association and Disability Rights Florida supported the bill.

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