California Legislature Passes $687 Million Drought-Relief Plan
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A $687 million drought-relief plan is headed to the governor’s desk after winning overwhelming approval in both houses of the Legislature.
Amid one of California’s driest years on record, the Assembly and Senate voted Thursday to approve SB103 and SB104 and send the legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The plan redirects money in the state budget and draws from two previously approved bonds.
It includes almost $475 million in accelerated grant funding for water conservation and recycling projects. Another $15 million will go to communities running low on drinking water supplies while $47 million provides food and housing assistance for people in drought-stricken communities.
The plan also increases penalties for illegally diverting water.
The legislation will take effect immediately if signed by the governor, as expected.
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