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.
Passed Senate Floor vote on August 20, 2018.
Passed Assembly Concurrence vote on August 23, 2018.
SIGNED INTO LAW! September 20, 2018
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