HB558 (2019) Detail

Restricting the distribution of plastic straws.


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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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

Amended 4/2/19

 

HB 558-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2019-0941h)

 

AN ACT restricting the distribution of plastic straws.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

$46,500

$47,500

$49,500

Funding Source:

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

 

 

 

 

 

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 indicates, while the bill as amended removes the paragraphs concerning enforcement and rulemaking, the Department assumes it would incur costs related to its responsibilities under RSA 149-M, the Solid Waste Management Chapter.  The responsibilities in RSA 149-M:6 include enforcement, investigation, the provision of technical assistance to citizens, towns and districts, and any other activity for the purpose of administering the chapter.  The Department assumes this work would require an additional  staff person staff equivalent to 05. FTE.  The estimated cost for one half of a full-time Program Specialist at labor grade 23 is $46,500 in  FY 2021, $47,500 in FY 2022, and $49,500 in FY 2023.  

 

The bill as amended would not impact county or local revenue and expenditures.

 

This bill does not appropriate funds or establish new positions.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Environmental Services

 

Links

HB558 at GenCourtMobile
HB558 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
March 6, 2019 House Hearing
March 8, 2019 House Exec Session
March 8, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 19, 2019 House Floor Vote
April 23, 2019 Senate Hearing
April 30, 2019 Senate Hearing
May 15, 2019 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB558 Revision: 5612 Date: April 2, 2019, 10:52 a.m.
HB558 Revision: 4837 Date: Jan. 15, 2019, 1:12 p.m.

Docket


May 15, 2019: Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV === BILL KILLED ===; 05/15/2019; SJ 16


May 15, 2019: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 05/15/2019; SC 22


April 30, 2019: Hearing: 04/30/2019, Room 102, LOB, 01:45 pm; SC 20


April 23, 2019: Hearing: 04/23/2019, Room 100, SH, 01:30 pm; SC 19


March 28, 2019: Introduced 03/28/2019 and Referred to Commerce; SJ 12


March 19, 2019: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0941h: MA RC 196-146 03/19/2019 HJ 10 P. 64


March 19, 2019: Amendment # 2019-0941h: AA VV 03/19/2019 HJ 10 P. 64


: Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate


: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0941h (Vote 12-8; RC)


March 19, 2019: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0941h for 03/19/2019 (Vote 12-8; RC) HC 16 P. 19


March 8, 2019: Executive Session: 03/08/2019 01:30 pm LOB 302-304


March 8, 2019: Subcommittee Work Session: 03/08/2019 09:00 am LOB 302-304


March 6, 2019: Public Hearing: 03/06/2019 11:00 am LOB 302


Jan. 3, 2019: Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs HJ 3 P. 19