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Distribute Plastic Straws Only Upon Request

Concerning a requirement that a retail food establishment only provide a single-use plastic beverage straw to a customer upon request of the customer.
2019 Regular Session
Health Care & Health Insurance
Bill Summary

The bill prohibits a restaurant, food vendor, or other food service establishment from providing a single-use plastic beverage straw to a customer unless the customer requests a straw. The bill does not apply to the following:

  • The use of a self-serve straw dispenser;
  • A customer's order of food from a food service establishment through a drive-through window, for off-premises delivery through a third-party delivery service, or for delivery through the use of a digital or mobile application or website; or
  • Prepackaged food that was filled, sealed, or packaged before the food service establishment received the prepackaged food at its retail premises.

A local government shall not regulate the use of single-use plastic beverage straws.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. S. Lontine
Sen. R. Fields, Sen. K. Priola



The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details