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Senate approves water legislation to address drought, flooding
Senate approves water legislation to address drought, flooding

The state Senate approved on Wednesday a $1-billion spending plan that is billed as an emergency response to the state's drought, which has entered its fourth year with no sign of stopping.  The legislation now goes to the Assembly, which is scheduled to take up the issue on Thursday before it goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. If enacted, the proposal would fund upgrades to the state's water infrastructure and provide food and water to struggling Central Valley communities. Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis) called the legislation "step one" in addressing the drought. However, the largest chunk of money, $660 million, would be spent on new flood control...

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