Gov. Jerry Brown Signs California Plastic Straw Ban
California becomes the first state to bar restaurants from automatically giving out plastic straws.
By Marilyn Nelson on September 21, 2018
If you like to use a straw with your drink, you’ll soon have to start asking for one. Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill yesterday that restricts the use of plastic straws at dine in-restaurants in the state.
What that means is starting January 1, 2019 restaurants will no longer just give you a straw. You will have to ask your waiter for one. KCRA reports fast-food restaurants, coffee shops and delis are exempt.
If a restaurant is caught breaking the new law, they will first get a notice. After that they can be fined $25 a day not to exceed a maximum of $300.
California becomes the first state to bar full-service restaurants from automatically giving out plastic straws. Another law Gov. Brown approved requires milk or water to be the default sold with kids’ meals at fast-food and full-service restaurants.