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Plastic Bags

Plastic Bags

Eight states in the U.S. have already prohibited single-use grocery bags, and while we understand saving the planet, it can be hard to remember to grab reusable bags every time you leave the house.

Not to mention that all the reusable bags now being sold in those states also have an environmental impact...

Kids Meal Toys

Kids Meal Toys

Kids Meal Toys - Some cities have already banned the inclusion of free toys with kids' meals at fast food restaurants due to concerns about promoting unhealthy eating habits and childhood obesity.

We wonder, though, does leaving out the toy really stop children from eating unhealthy food? Or does it just lead to unhappy customers? 

School Vouchers

School Vouchers

School vouchers are government-funded certificates that allow parents to send their children to private schools, including religious institutions.

Critics express concerns about these vouchers diverting resources from public schools, exacerbating inequality, and potential lack of accountability in private institutions receiving funds, but they are one of the very few resources that still provide parents with educational choices beyond public schools.

Hate Speech

Hate Speech

The controversy over banning hate speech centers on the tension between protecting free expression and preventing harm.

Advocates argue that it combats discrimination and protects vulnerable groups, while opponents contend it risks stifling free speech, is subject to interpretation, and may lead to censorship, hindering open discussion. 

Foie Gras

Foie Gras

Several U.S. cities (and many countries globally) ban the production and sale of foie gras because the production of the delicacy involves force-feeding ducks.

However, the debate has less to do with the ethics of the practice and more to do with personal constitutional liberty. For example, should New York City be able to control the agricultural practices of private farmers in upstate New York?

Pets

Pets

San Francisco once tried to pass a ban on the sale of all kinds of pets—but not the sale of animals for food.

The legislation was shot down, but a ban of this kind would mean that you could only buy animals you intended to eat! 

Water Bottles

Water Bottles

Some places ban plastic water bottles to address environmental concerns. Plastic bottles contribute to pollution, so banning them promotes the use of sustainable alternatives and mitigates the environmental impact associated with plastic.

However, sometimes bottled water is the only safe drinking water that people have access to!

Right-to-Work Laws

Right-to-Work Laws

The Democratic Party opposes Right-to-Work (RTW) laws, contending that these measures weaken labor unions by allowing workers to enjoy union benefits without mandatory membership or financial support.

. Democrats argue that strong unions protect workers' rights and improve workplace conditions. However, banning RTW laws means that employment can be conditional upon payment of union dues. 

Travel to Other States

Travel to Other States

In 2017, California banned state-funded travel to certain states due to their enactment of laws or policies deemed discriminatory or incompatible with California's values.

These measures often target states with laws perceived as restricting other groups' rights, particularly in the areas of adoption and bathroom access.

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Sugary Drinks

Sugary Drinks

As childhood obesity is on the rise, a lot of parents point the finger at sugary drinks. In 2012, New  York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed the “Portion Cap Rule,” which would limit the sale of sugary beverages to 16oz.

Other places have tried to nix them altogether, especially in schools. Then there's California, which puts a tax on soda per ounce.