Friday, January 26, 2018

This Must Be Fake News

But it does come from the California legislature's website:
AB 1884, as introduced, Calderon. Food facilities: single-use plastic straws.
Existing law, the California Retail Food Code, establishes uniform health and sanitation standards for, and provides for regulation by the State Department of Public Health of, retail food facilities, as defined, and requires local health agencies to enforce these provisions. Existing law requires, except as otherwise provided, a person who violates any provision of the code to be guilty of a misdemeanor with each offense punishable by a fine of not less than $25 or more than $1,000, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 6 months, or by both.
This bill would prohibit a food facility, as specified, where food may be consumed on the premises from providing single-use plastic straws to consumers unless requested by the consumer. By creating a new crime and imposing additional enforcement duties on local health agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
You brought me a straw without a request.  $1000 fine.  At what point is this a punishment disproportionate the crime?  Coker v. Georgia (1977) ruled that capital punishment for rape was disproportionate to the crime: a position that only a bunch of liberal white men could seriously claim.

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