SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Legislation that would make California the first state to ban the use of lead ammunition in hunting has cleared the state Assembly.
The bill from Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood would require hunters to use non-lead ammunition.
Advocates have sought the ban because of health risks associated with lead left in the environment. Hunting with lead bullets already is prohibited in eight counties that are home to the endangered California condor, which has been susceptible to lead poisoning.
Republicans say AB711 would create a de facto ban on hunting. Some alternatives to lead bullets may not be available because of federal restrictions on armor-piercing ammunition.
The Assembly passed the bill Thursday on a largely party-line vote of 44-21. It now heads to the state Senate.