The Texas state legislature passed a bill last month that requires the use of paper towels at all major events including the State of the Union, with the exception of the annual Texas Craft Beer Festival and the State Fair.
A spokesman for the House Republican leader, Dan Patrick, said he hopes the law will have a ripple effect on the rest of the state.
“We need to be using paper towels for everything,” he said.
“This is an important part of our infrastructure.
We need to use paper towels to keep our water cool and clean, and the governor says that paper towels are good for the environment, so I’m hoping that we’ll see a positive ripple effect here.”
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The bill, SB 15, is now on the Governor’s desk.
It would also require the state to begin a program to install paper towels throughout the state by the end of the year.
If the bill becomes law, it would be the first in the country to mandate that paper towel use be a part of Texas events.
In the past, the use was voluntary, but now it’s mandatory, according to the Texas Tribune.
The Texas Craft Brewers Association, a nonprofit organization that represents brewers and the beer industry, also praised the law.
“The Governor’s bill has the potential to transform the Texas beer industry and the state economy for the better,” the group said in a statement.
The Tribune found that the bill has been backed by a number of state leaders.
“As a state that’s been a leader in craft beer, this bill is important for all Texans,” Gov.
Greg Abbott said in an official statement.
“Texas is home to some of the best beer in the nation, but it’s also home to a booming craft beer industry.”
State Sen. Joe Pickett, R-San Antonio, said the legislation will help reduce the number of people in the state who need to leave their homes and travel outside the state for work.
“I think we can be a lot more productive if people stay in their homes, which is a lot of people who need a break,” Pickett said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.