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Legislature approves revised budget, sends it to Gov. Jerry Brown

Legislature approves revised budget, sends it to Gov. Jerry Brown

California lawmakers passed a new budget Friday that would increase spending on government services for the poor and make a range of policy changes intended to address the drought and improve police accountability. The changes would allow faster construction of water recycling projects, increase fines for water wasters and empower the state to force failing water agencies to consolidate. It would also create a pilot program to equip California Highway Patrol officers with body cameras. The budget, which includes total state spending of $167.6 billion, now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature before it takes effect on July 1. Although Brown could veto items he doesn’t like, the...

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