Of course Florida lawmakers want to keep cities from passing styrofoam bans

click to enlarge Of course Florida lawmakers want to keep cities from passing styrofoam bans - flickr user Roger W.
flickr user Roger W.
Of course Florida lawmakers want to keep cities from passing styrofoam bans

What would a bill in the State House that deals with a number of mundane agricultural and consumer issues be without a last-minute attempt to undermine home rule and environmental sustainability?

Well, state lawmakers apparently will never know.

Last week, as they debated House Bill 7007, the bill's sponsor, Lithia Republican Jake Raburn, added an amendment that would bar cities and counties from passing bans on polystyrene food containers  (a substance colloquially referred to as Styrofoam, a trademarked name).

The effort is set to be discussed this week before the full house.

Not that it's surprising; lawmakers also want to make it illegal for cities and counties to pass fracking bans.

As with the attempt to preempt bans on the controversial practice of fracking, the effort could be in response to dozens of coastal communities' passage of polystyrene bans (including a handful in Florida) in an effort to protect waterways and wildlife from the substance, which contains synthetic materials that can be toxic to marine life.

Raburn defended the amendment as a way of ensuring food safety, because obviously there's no sanitary environmentally friendly alternative to that sweet, sweet, fossil fuel-derived, non-biodegradable stuff we all know and love.


About The Author

Scroll to read more News Feature articles
Join the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.

Newsletters

Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected]