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Drinking straws targeted in proposed bill

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For California Assemblyman Ian Calderon, it was apparently the last straw. The Democratic legislator from Whittier read reports by environmental groups that up to 500 million plastic beverage straws are used every day in the United States and then immediately discarded, adding to the flow of trash to landfills and litter polluting lakes and beaches.

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