As Twitchy reported earlier this month, Seattle became the first major city in the United States to ban plastic straws, authorizing a $250 fine but claiming that the initial phase of the law was “more about raising awareness.”

Santa Barbara, Calif., has seen Seattle’s $250 fine and raised it — to $1,000, plus the added threat of six months’ jail time.

Kat Timpf writes in National Review:

Santa Barbara’s ordinance “is likely the most severe straw ban in the country,” according to Reason, but it’s far from the only straw ban. Seattle banned plastic straws earlier this month, mandating a a $250 fine for violators. Santa Barbara, however, has gone much further than Seattle — even aside from the harsher punishments its law imposes. Santa Barbara has banned not only plastic straws, but also compostable straws. Oh, and each individual straw counts as a separate infraction, meaning that if someone got busted handing out straws to a table of four people, he or she could end up facing years behind bars.

Iowahawk is not impressed:

It’s true.


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