California Governor Rejects Repaying San Bernardino Costs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is vetoing legislation that would have fully repaid local agencies for the cost of responding to the December mass shooting in San Bernardino.

The Democratic governor said Sunday that he does not want to set the precedent that the state of California “will assume all financial responsibility for future emergency costs.”

SB1385 by Sen. Connie Leyva, a Chino Democrat, would have required the state to reimburse about $1.6 million in expenses after two gun-toting attackers killed 14 people. Normally the state repays local agencies 75 percent.

Brown says the Office of Emergency Services will work with local agencies on cost recovery.

The governor also announced vetoing other bills he says would have cost the state $240 million, which he says should be addressed during state budget talks.

 

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press

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