SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Lawmakers in the Senate budget committee have approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up water projects in drought-stricken California, with few details on where most of the money will go.
The committee on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation for immediate drought relief and expedited infrastructure funding.READ MORE: Two Vehicle Accident Requires Extrication In South Lake Tahoe
Republicans opposed a second bill that would allow state wildlife officials to fine people for illegally taking water, but it passed with Democratic support.READ MORE: Fatal Road Rage Accident Closes Portions Of Stockton Blvd In Sacramento
Nearly two-thirds of the $1 billion plan funds flood protection. The legislation doesn’t say which levees, dams and communities would benefit.
A nonpartisan analyst says lawmakers typically know what flood protection projects they are approving. The legislation also allows state water officials to wait five years to select recipients.MORE NEWS: Husband Of 2020 Slain Manteca Woman Arrested For Murder
The full Senate plans to consider the bills later Wednesday.