The Senate Natural Resources Committee approved the measure. Kathryn Phillips with the Sierra Club says the measure is better than the proposal now on the fall ballot.
“It’s greater on making sure there’s accountability,” says Phillips. “It’s greater on making sure that we’re putting money into things that will help people in Southern California, Northern California, Central California and help protect the environment along the way.”
This bond measure would spend one billion dollars on restoring the Delta and a billion more on groundwater cleanup. Storm water conservation and other water projects would also receive funding.
Not included in this water bond are earmarks for dam projects and other conservation programs favored by the agricultural industry.
The bond has passed the Assembly and now goes to Senate Environmental Quality Committee.
The California Legislature is expected to adjourn its two-year session just past midnight Friday. It's an early end to what has so far been a surprisingly calm final week.
California's Senate passed a bill that would require public institutions of higher education to adopt procedures to prevent campus sexual assault and domestic violence, and to assist victims.
A bill that would require toy guns to be painted with markings to show they are fake has passed the state legislature.
The California Legislature’s “gut-and-amend” process is highly criticized, but lawmakers defend it as necessary.
Sources tell Capital Public Radio that a deal has been reached for legislation that would tighten regulations for ride-sharing companies.