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California Senate Approves Drought Aid Package

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The California state Senate has approved the $1 billion drought relief package announced last week by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The first of two bills – the one that would spend the money – passed quickly with just a single “no” vote.

But the second measure, which would make related policy changes, drew Republican opposition. GOP senators argued that it would give the state Department of Fish and Wildlife too much power by allowing it to issue fines of up to $8,000 a day for violating water rights.

The bills now move to the Assembly, which is expected to give final approval Thursday morning.

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Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio