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.