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SCR-139 No Straw November.(2017-2018)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 139


Introduced by Senator Monning

April 30, 2018


Relative to No Straw November.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SCR 139, as introduced, Monning. No Straw November.
This measure would proclaim the month of November as No Straw November.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, California values the health of its ocean and coast; and
WHEREAS, California is a global leader in taking action to protect the health of the ocean and coast; and
WHEREAS, Plastic pollution poses a significant threat to the health of California’s ocean resources and coastal environment, and to the public’s enjoyment of that environment; and
WHEREAS, Plastic straws pose a health risk to ocean wildlife when accidentally ingested; and
WHEREAS, Plastic straws are frequently littered or dropped by individuals, escape from waste management systems, and can get deposited onto the beach and washed into storm drains, streams, rivers, and eventually the ocean; and
WHEREAS, Reducing consumption of plastic straws can help decrease plastic pollution in the ocean and California’s coastal environment; and
WHEREAS, Recognizing the negative environmental impact of plastic straws, many restaurants and other establishments in California and around the United States have voluntarily stopped providing plastic straws; and
WHEREAS, Customers should be encouraged to make informed choices when considering ways to reduce their impacts on the environment; and
WHEREAS, The California State Senate recognizes the efforts of Girl Scout Shelby O’Neil, the founder of Jr Ocean Guardians, to raise awareness about the problem of ocean plastic, and to reduce pollution from plastic straws by starting the “No Straw November” initiative; and
WHEREAS, In the “No Straw November” initiative, participants pledge to refuse straws for the month of November; and
WHEREAS, Shelby O’Neil attributes her love of the ocean and founding of Jr Ocean Guardians to her service as a Teen Conservation Leader at Monterey Bay Aquarium; now, therefore, be it,
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the month of November shall be recognized as No Straw November; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the Governor of California and to the author for appropriate distribution.