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.
I’d like to clarify that #AB1884 (Straws Upon Request) is (a) NOT a ban; (b) should it become law, it will NOT make it a crime for servers to provide plastic straws. My intention is simply to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of plastic straws on our environment.— Ian C. Calderon (@IanCalderon) January 26, 2018
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."