Hawaii is actively considering a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics in restaurants and government purchasing, but after passing the state Senate the measure hit a roadblock March 20 when lawmakers, in the face of more opposition, took out some of its toughest requirements.

The bill, which would make Hawaii the first state to ban many single-use plastics in restaurants, had passed the state Senate on a 23-1 vote earlier in March.

But after lengthy public comments on both sides, including many from restaurants saying it would raise prices, legislators in Hawaii’s lower House hit the pause button and voted March 20 to take out some of the strictest provisions in favor of more dialogue.

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