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IRWINDALE, Calif. (AP) — A Texas lawmaker is making a pitch to move Sriracha hot sauce production to his state from a plant in Irwindale, California, where some residents' complaints about its smell have led to city action.

Texas state Rep. Jason Villalba visited the plant on Monday and was greeted by owner David Tran.

Villalba tells KTTV-TV he'll try to draw distinctions between Texas and California in terms of taxes, regulatory climate and lawsuits.

The Irwindale City Council has tentatively voted to declare the plant a nuisance. An already delayed final vote is scheduled for Wednesday, but a staff recommendation urges that it again be postponed.

The flap over the hugely popular hot sauce has led to numerous solicitations for the plant to relocate elsewhere in California or to other states.