Dawn Koepke

Governor signs plastic straw 'by request' legislation

By Dawn Koepke

Capitol Update, Oct. 1, 2018

Last week, Governor Brown took action on several environmental quality bills, including AB 1884 by Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-City of Industry), which prohibits dine-in restaurants from automatically providing single-use plastic straws when serving beverages to their customers. The bill is set to take effect in 2019 and is part of a greater effort to reduce the use of plastic. Also noteworthy, the Governor issued a rare signing message, in which he specifically noted, “Plastics, in all forms — straws, bottles, packaging, bags, etc. — are choking our planet.” He went on to say, “We must find ways to reduce and eventually eliminate single-use plastic products.”

Although Governor Brown will leave office this January, the sentiment expressed in the signing message could influence future conversations around plastic and its impact on the environment.

September 30th is the last day for the Governor to sign or veto bills. 

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