Giving Compass' Take:

• Florida is under fire for having a bill under consideration by lawmakers that would would place a five year suspension on municipalities' banning of plastic straws.

• It is ironic that a ocean state would try to hinder the banning of plastic straws. How can donors drive support and action to policymakers in Florida who support the environmental banning of plastic straws? 

• Here are 7 eco-friendly alternatives to plastic straws to help save our oceans. 

In the growing war against the environmental impact of plastic, Florida seems to be taking a giant step backwards by pushing legislation that would stop local authorities from banning plastic straws, a move that has, not surprisingly, angered many environmentalists.

The bill, under consideration by lawmakers, would place a five-year suspension on municipalities’ banning of plastic straws, pending a study from the Florida department of environmental protection.

Calling the banning of plastic straws “government overreach”, the Florida state senator Travis Hutson also amended the bill to create a $25,000 fine for local governments that regulate the material and another ban on municipal regulation of sunscreens that harm coral reefs, the Miami Herald reported.

Read the full article on Florida suspending plastic straw ban by Dream McClinton at The Guardian