Proposed Anti-Plastic Straw Bill Draws Fire

Under the bill, a waiter who serves a drink with an unrequested straw in it would face up to six months in jail or a fine of up to $1,000; or a combination of the two. (Jan. 29, 2018)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California lawmaker is taking flak for a measure that would make it illegal for servers to offer plastic straws with drinks unless they're asked.
Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon introduced a bill last week making unsolicited straw-providing a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. However, Calderon says it will be amended to eliminate the penalties.
The measure would apply to sit-down restaurants, not bars or fast-food places.
As expected, critics have heaped scorn, calling it government overkill. One asked whether the measure would also apply to cocktail umbrellas.
But the bill has a serious purpose. Calderon says it's aimed at reducing the environmental damage from tons of plastic that wind up each year in U.S. landfills, waterways and the ocean.

Follow WFMY News 2 on Facebook and Twitter

► Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. Download the WFMY News 2 App now

© 2018 Associated Press


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment