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The Los Angeles Times reports that California Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday signed “signed the nation’s first state law barring dine-in restaurants from giving customers plastic straws unless they are requested, saying discarded plastic is ‘choking our planet’ … The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, exempts fast-food restaurants and provides full-service restaurants with a written warning on the first two violations and a fine of $25 a day for subsequent infractions.”

Brown said that “it is a very small step to make a customer who wants a plastic straw ask for it. And it might make them pause and think again about an alternative. But one thing is clear, we must find ways to reduce and eventually eliminate single-use plastic products.”
KC's View:
I love California … the willingness there to demonstrate leadership on environmental issues strikes me as heartening.