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June 5, 2019

CALL TO ACTION: Break Free from Plastic - Oppose these Bad Bills

Today is  #WorldEnvironmentDay and there are two "bad" plastics bills passing through the State House today, June 5th and tomorrow June 6th.


TODAY, June 5th: Single-Use Plastic Straws
The Rhode Island Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture is scheduled to vote on Wednesday, June 5th on S202 SUB A, the plastic straw bill that started as a great "ask-first" bill, but has since been amended in such a way that will allow containers of single-use plastic straws to be out in full view, on bars, counters, at drive-thru windows, and on tables, allowing folks to grab as many straws as they might want. This is not a “stop and think” behavior change bill. Call and email the your senators to ask them to remove the language allowing single-use plastic straws to be displayed for consumers to take freely.

Please do one or more of the following to help:

  • CALL the members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture, as soon as possible and share your concerns. Calling has a big impact and as few as 50 calls can have an impact! 
    Sample dialog:  "I do not support the current plastic straw law because it permits containers of single-use plastic straws to be out in full view, on bars, counters, at drive-thru windows, and on tables, allowing folks to grab as many straws as they might want."

 

  • EMAIL by clicking the link below. This will send a pre-written message to ALL of the senators on the committee. Please sign your name and address and feel free to add additional comments to personalize the message (or not).

    Email Your Senators

  • You can attend the hearing on Wednesday, June 5th at the Statehouse in room 211 at 4:30 to show your opposition. You will most likely not be allowed to testify, but it still helps to show up to show your opposition!  If you can get there early, you may have the opportunity to try to talk to members of the committee.
     

TOMMORROW, June 6th: Plastic Waste Reduction Act (Plastic Bags)
The Rhode Island House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources is scheduled to vote on Thursday June 6th on H5671, the plastic bag ban bill that will result in more plastic entering our environment by allowing thick plastic bags and preempting local ordinances.  Three of the problems with the bill: 

  • The bill does not require stitched handles like the ordinances passed in numerous communities representing about ½ the population of the state.
  • The bill preempts/overrides plastic bag ordinances that exist now plus it prevents all communities from passing plastic bag ordinances in the future.
  • The bill requires a fee on paper bags but allows thick plastic bags to be given out for free.

Please do one or more of the following to help:

  • CALL the members of the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, as soon as possible and share your concerns. Calling has a big impact and as few as 50 calls can have an impact!
    Sample dialog:  "I do not support the state wide plastic bag ban because it does not require stitched handles and it overrides the stronger town bans in 14 Rhode Island communities."

 

  • EMAIL by clicking the link below. This will send a pre-written message to ALL of the representatives on the committee, as well as Speaker of the House Representative Nicholas A. Mattiello. Please sign your name and address and feel free to add additional comments to personalize the message (or not).

Email Your Representatives

  • You can attend the hearing on Thursday, June 6th at the Statehouse in room 101 at 4:30 to show your opposition. You will most likely not be allowed to testify, but it still helps to show up to show your opposition!  If you can get there early, you may have the opportunity to try to talk to members of the committee.

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