‘Nanny Statism’ Is Sweeping The Nation One Straw Regulation at a Time

July 20, 2018

Starbucks isn’t the only one going after plastic straws. Your local government could be next! The City of Seattle just passed a law banning restaurants from giving customers plastic straws or utensils.

This new law is just another example of misguided nanny state rules intended to address public health or environmental concerns. Such laws not only restrict individual liberty but also fail to achieve their policy goals while hurting the economy and sometimes even public health.

Unsurprisingly, California is leading the charge in this new wave of nanny statism. Multiple California cities, including Davis and San Luis Obispo, have passed laws banning restaurants from offering plastic straws to patrons.