Bill Text: NH HB558 | 2019 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Restricting the distribution of plastic straws.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-1)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-05-15 - Inexpedient to Legislate, Motion Adopted, Voice Vote === BILL KILLED ===; 05/15/2019; Senate Journal 16 [HB558 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2019-HB558-Amended.html

HB 558-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

19Mar2019... 0941h

2019 SESSION

19-0462

06/08

 

HOUSE BILL 558-FN

 

AN ACT restricting the distribution of plastic straws.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Spang, Straf. 6; Rep. Balch, Hills. 38; Rep. Luneau, Merr. 10; Rep. Myler, Merr. 10; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Watters, Dist 4

 

COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill prohibits food service businesses from providing a single-use plastic straw to a customer unless specifically requested.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19Mar2019... 0941h 19-0462

06/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT restricting the distribution of plastic straws.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Purpose; Solid Waste Management Methods.  In accordance with RSA 149-M:2 and RSA 149-M:3, which establishes source reduction as the waste management method with the highest priority in the hierarchy of solid waste management methods to be used by the department of environmental services, the distribution of single-use plastic straws in New Hampshire shall be restricted in accordance with this subdivision.

2  New Subdivision; Prohibition of Single-Use Plastic Straws.  Amend RSA 149-M by inserting after section 60 the following new subdivision:

Prohibition of Single-Use Plastic Straws

149-M:61  Definitions.  In this subdivision:

I.  "Single-use plastic straw" means a single-use, disposable tube made predominantly of plastic derived from either petroleum or a biologically based polymer, such as corn or other plant sources, used to transfer a beverage from a container to the mouth of a person drinking the beverage.  "Single-use plastic straw" does not include a straw made from a non-plastic material, including, but not limited to, paper, pasta, sugar cane, wood, or bamboo.

II.  "Food service business" means a business that sells or provides food for consumption on or off the premises, and includes, but is not limited to, any restaurant, cafe, delicatessen, coffee shop, supermarket or grocery store, vending truck or cart, food truck, movie theater, or business or institutional cafeteria, including those operated by or on behalf of the state.  "Food service business" shall not include any health care facility required to be licensed under RSA 151:2.

149-M:62  Plastic Straw Restriction.  A food service business shall provide a single-use plastic straw to a customer only when explicitly requested by the customer.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect one year after its passage.

 

LBAO

19-0462

1/10/19

 

HB 558-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT restricting the distribution of plastic straws.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [ X ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

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  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

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METHODOLOGY:

This bill prohibits food service businesses from providing a single-use plastic straw to a customer unless specifically requested.

 

The Department of Environmental Services assumes it would incur costs to adopt rules, provide enforcement, outreach and education.  The Department assumes it would need to hire and additional full-time Program Specialist III at labor grade 23 at an estimated annual cost of $93,000 in  FY 2020, $95,000 in FY 2021, $99,000 in FY 2022 and $100,000 in FY 2023.  In addition, the Department assumes there would be an indeterminable increase in expenditures to county and local government for enforcement of the provisions of the bill.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Environmental Services

 

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