California Assembly Member Ian Calderon, D-City of Industry, has introduced legislation (Assembly Bill 1884), which provides:
"SECTION 1. Section 114082 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:
114082. A food facility where food may be consumed on the premises shall not provide single-use plastic straws to consumers unless requested by the consumer."
In its present iteration, a waiter who violates this prohibition commits a misdemeanor and could face up to a $1,000 fine and up to 6 months in jail. Presumably, the food facility/its owners or operators could also be punished with a misdemeanor prosecution. A little bit much?
Calderon's office says that he is considering eliminating or at least reducing the punishment.