California governor signs bill banning single-use plastic straws
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California governor signs bill banning single-use plastic straws

California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] signed Assembly Bill 1884 [text] on Thursday banning full service restaurants from automatically providing customers with plastic single-use straws for beverages.

The bill allows restaurants to provide customers with plastic straws only on request by the customer. After notice of violation upon a third violation of the statute, restaurants are fined $25 a day for each day in violation up to $300 a year.

The bill allows for local municipalities to adopt further restrictions on uses of single-use plastic straws. In July San Francisco supervisors voted, and the mayor approved in August [ordinance], a ban on plastic straws and other single-use plastics, with exception for people with medical needs, joining other California cities with more stringent restrictions than the current legislation.

The governor attached a signing message [text, PDF] stating that although plastics have been important to human innovation, they are “choking our planet.” Brown urges that our society “must find ways to reduce and eventually eliminate single-use plastic products.”