Restaurant business owners have two new California laws to comply with in 2019. SB 1192, the “California Healthy-by-Default Kids’ Meal Drinks” bill, now requires restaurants to serve water or milk as the default kids meal beverage. Parents will need to specifically request soda if they wish their child to enjoy one with their kids meal, and there should not be an additional cost. Written by Senator Bill Monning, the bill was co-sponsored by groups including the American Heart Association and YMCA.
A second bill, AB 1884, bans all full-service restaurants in California from automatically giving out plastic straws with drinks. Customers must specifically request the straws when ordering. The law does not apply to fast-food, coffee shops, delis, or takeout deliveries. Restaurant owners who don’t comply can be fined up to $300 a year, or $25 a day.
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