AB 1884 (Calderon) - Straws Upon Request
Summary: In an effort to stop plastic pollution and reduce the overwhelming amount of single-use plastic Californian's consume on a daily basis, Assembly Bill 1884 would require sit-down restaurants in California to forgo the automatic distribution of straws in every drink, and instead only provide a straw when it is requested by the customer.
Position & Status: CAW supports the bill.
- Introduced January 17, 2018
- Amended February 5, 2018 to move bill provisions to a stand-alone code section, not subjected to health code violations.
- Amended April 16, 2018 to exempt order-at-the-counter restaurants and include a maximum calendar-year penalty of $300.
- Passed Assembly Natural Resources Committee on April 26, 2018. Watch the hearing and CAW's testimony at 7:03.
- Passed Assembly Appropriations committee on May 23, 2018.
- Passed Assembly floor vote on May 30, 2018
- Passed Senate Environmental Quality Committee on June 20, 2018. Watch the hearing and CAW's testimony at 16:33.
- Next Steps: Hearing in Senate Appropriations Committee and then a full vote by the State Senate.
- The Atlantic: A history of modern capitalism from the perspective of the straw. Seriously. June 21, 2018
- Plastic Pollution Coalition The Straws Bill California Should Pass February 2, 2018
- Sacramento Bee Environmentalism or ‘nanny state’? Efforts to regulate plastic in California take off February 2, 2018
- Fortune: California Assemblyman introduces Straws-Upon-Request Bill January 30, 2018
CAW Staff Contact: Kelly McBee, (916) 443-5422