California is leading the charge against plastic straws with a new bill requiring restaurants to distribute straws only to customers who have specifically asked for one—otherwise the straws would be prohibited from being offered, displayed, or readily available.
The legislation received a favorable 45-20 vote from the Assembly and is now awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature for it to become law. (Brown signed a similar law in 2014 which prohibited the use of plastic bags in grocery stores, liquor stores and pharmacies.)
The bill does not include fast food chains—only full-service, dine-in restaurants.
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