SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate has approved a five-year extension allowing the sale of products made with crocodile and alligator skin, often used in luxury goods.
Lawmakers on Thursday approved AB2075 by Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo of Watsonville on a 21-9 vote.
California banned importation of products made from alligators and crocodiles for commercial use, but lawmakers passed a temporary exemption in 2006 after a resurgence of the reptiles in Louisiana and Florida.
Republican Sen. Anthony Canella of Ceres says the industry has become a model of sustainable management. He said California would lose more than $200 million in tax revenue each year without the extension.
The Humane Society of the United States opposed the bill.
Because the extension was reduced from 10 years, AB2075 will return to the Assembly for approval.
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