California proposes bill to criminalize giving someone a straw unless they ask for one.

What has this world come too? Really, what is a plastic straw going to do?
If caught, you can receive $1000 fine or up to 6 months in jail.
A customer has to request a straw.
This law so stupid.

Introduced by Assembly Member Calderon
January 17, 2018


An act to add Section 114082 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to food facilities.



AB 1884, as introduced, Calderon. Food facilities: single-use plastic straws.
Existing law, the California Retail Food Code, establishes uniform health and sanitation standards for, and provides for regulation by the State Department of Public Health of, retail food facilities, as defined, and requires local health agencies to enforce these provisions. Existing law requires, except as otherwise provided, a person who violates any provision of the code to be guilty of a misdemeanor with each offense punishable by a fine of not less than $25 or more than $1,000, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 6 months, or by both.
This bill would prohibit a food facility, as specified, where food may be consumed on the premises from providing single-use plastic straws to consumers unless requested by the consumer. By creating a new crime and imposing additional enforcement duties on local health agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that with regard to certain mandates no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.


Vote: majority   Appropriation: no   Fiscal Committee: yes   Local Program: yes  


California Considers $1,000 Fine for Waiters Offering Unsolicited Plastic Straws

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This sucks.

Ian Calderon wants restaurateurs to think long and hard before giving you a straw.
Calderon, the Democratic majority leader in California’s lower house, has introduced a bill to stop sit-down restaurants from offering customers straws with their beverages unless they specifically request one. Under Calderon’s law, a waiter who serves a drink with an unrequested straw in it would face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
“We need to create awareness around the issue of one-time use plastic straws and its detrimental effects on our landfills, waterways, and oceans,” Calderon explained in a press release.

This isn’t just Calderon’s crusade. The California cities of San Luis Obispo and Davis both passed straws-on-request laws last year, and Manhattan Beach maintains a prohibition on all disposable plastics. And up in Seattle, food service businesses won’t be allowed to offer plastic straws or utensils as of July.

h/t Diabolical


3 thoughts on “California proposes bill to criminalize giving someone a straw unless they ask for one.”

  1. Well, at least the Democrats can say they have accomplished 2 things since Trump has become president.
    1.They have distracted the country from real and important issues by focusing solely on a false narrative that Trump colluded with Russia.
    2. They are attempting to (and will probably succeed) make it a criminal offense to provide someone with a straw to drink their soda with, unless of course, they request it.
    I’m sure glad they are tackling the important stuff.
    Meanwhile, President Trump (R – President of the United States) has managed to pass a tax reform bill that has had an instant effect on the economy and has begun to benefit hard working Americans across the nation with increases in pay and employer bonuses and benefits among other positive effects being seen by everyone, yet unreported by the MSM. I guess no one has bothered to tell them, otherwise why would they not report such great news? It’s almost as if they have some sort of agenda or something.


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