SACRAMENTO (AP) — Sit-down restaurants in California may soon stop providing disposable plastic straws with drinks unless customers request them.
The state Assembly advanced a bill Wednesday that would require dine-in restaurants provide single-use plastic straws only upon request.READ MORE: Sacramento Expects Busy Holiday Weekend, Will COVID Surge Impact Business?
Assemblyman Ian Calderon says plastic straws contribute to the buildup of trash in the oceans. The Whittier Democrat describes his bill is a small step toward addressing the environmental and public health problem.READ MORE: Tsunami Advisory Canceled For San Francisco Bay Area, Remains Near Santa Cruz
Assemblyman Matthew Harper opposes the bill. The Huntington Beach Republican says it would make it harder for restaurants to do business in California and advocates punishing people who litter, instead.MORE NEWS: Grass Valley Veteran Gets Hero's Welcome To A New, Custom Home
The bill passed 45-17. It still requires approval from the state Senate and governor before it can become law.