CARMEL (AP) — A central coast legislator is introducing a bill that would help protect threatened sea otters by keeping a voluntary contribution check box on state income tax forms.
Legislation by Assemblyman Bill Monning, D-Carmel, would extend a deadline from 2012 to 2016 for the optional contributions on the 540 state income tax form.READ MORE: Bay Area COVID-19 Roundup: Vaccinations By Zip Code: East Bay Entrepreneurs Eager for Red Tier Easing; Goodwill To Close 8 Local Retail Stores
Conservation group Defenders of Wildlife says about 3,000 otters face threats from toxic substances in the water, fishing nets and damage to their habitat by manmade development.READ MORE: Bay Area College Students Speak Out About Experiencing Anti-Asian Racism
The group says the tax form contributions raised $263,543 for sea otter protQections in 2010.
Monning says his bill is important for the otter’s survival, and the optional contribution helps the state fund future protections.MORE NEWS: Health Officials Targeting 10 Bay Area Zip Codes To Get COVID-19 Vaccinations To Hardest Hit
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