Legislature Votes On Drought Package

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11:34 A.M.--(AP) -- Both houses of the California Legislature approved a $687 million drought-relief plan Thursday.

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.

The legislation will take effect immediately if signed by the governor, as expected.

6:30 A.M.

By: Katie Orr -- It appears California lawmakers will vote Thursday on emergency legislation that would allocate hundreds of millions of dollars for drought relief. 

The emergency legislation would allocate more than $687 million for projects that would capture, store and recycle water. It would also fund emergency drinking water supplies for some communities.

Right now, at least 10 communities in California are in danger of running out of water. Much of the money would come from unallocated water infrastructure bonds.

The drought relief package was announced last week by Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders. Once the legislation passes and the governor signs it, money designated for food and drinking water assistance will start flowing immediately. 

Emergency Drought Package


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Photo: California Department of Water Resources / NASA.gov


Take a look at what communities across the state are doing to address the drought. This map was produced by the Association of California Water Agencies:

 
Drought status data is provided by Association of California Water Agencies   
  Mandatory Restrictions
  Voluntary Measures
  Agricultural Reductions
  Other actions
  Drought Emergency / Water Shortage Declared

 




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