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.

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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.

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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.

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The bill passed 45-17. It still requires approval from the state Senate and governor before it can become law.