Straws are the new enemy of the state.
After saving the earth by banning single-use plastic bags, a state lawmaker is attempting to make plastic straws the next taboo item.
Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Whittier (Los Angeles County), introduced a bill this month that would require servers at sit-down restaurants to ask customers if they want a straw before providing one. It’s a small step, but Calderon said it’s in the right direction.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the bill would not apply to fast-food restaurants, cafes or delis, or any takeout orders, where straws are far more likely to be improperly disposed. It’s far short of a ban on plastic straws that environmental groups are pushing for, but its limited scope may make it easier to accept for potential opponents, such as the restaurant industry.
Some restaurants and bars have already taken steps to cut back or eliminate plastic-straw use. That’s not good enough for Sacramento. Why let you have the choice to act responsibly when they can make you act responsibly?