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California bill could make it illegal for servers to provide plastic straws unless asked

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By ABC7 News

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A bill introduced last week in California by State Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, would make it illegal for servers to offer plastic straws at restaurants unless asked, according to KGTV.

As the bill is currently written, servers who provide a straw without being asked could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, but Calderon's office says he's in the process of amending those penalties out of the bill.

KGTV reports that the law wouldn't apply to bars or fast-food restaurants, only to sit-down places.

After facing backlash over the proposed punishments, Calderon wrote on Twitter that the law would "NOT make it a crime for servers to provide plastic straws."

Calderon says the bill's intention is to raise awareness about the "detrimental effects of plastic straws on our environment."

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