Styrofoam another evil to Calif. Senate Democrats
It was only a matter of time before California State State Democrats went after the styrofoam containers that restaurants use for to-go boxes.
That’s why State Senator Alan Lowenthal is pursuing a ban on the containers due to environmental damage the containers may cause. Though, the same thing was said about Mylar balloons three years ago. Even with the megalithic backing of PG&E, the bill died in the Senate.
As if there weren’t other problems that the California Legislature could solve say a budget crisis or releasing office budgets to the public.
But it seems that SB 568 is a reality and the shock factor, which follows San Francisco’s attempt to ban circumcision, has made its way from Sacramento to the newspapers across the country.
If passed, the bill would stop the use of polystyrene foam containers by restaurants and other “vendors” on January 1, 2016. School districts, however, are offered an extra year to comply with the law.
There is one loophole, restaurants and vendors can use the containers if the city or county in which they operate has a recycling program for the containers. The loophole similar for school districts, but school boards will have to create and implement the program.
Given this recent bill to the State Senate, perhaps Assembly member Linda Halderman (R-29) should amend her Frivolous Lawsuits bill to go after frivolous legislation that will hamper more than help.