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Assembly approves $1-billion water bill, sends it to Gov. Jerry Brown
Assembly approves $1-billion water bill, sends it to Gov. Jerry Brown

The California Assembly on Thursday passed more than $1 billion in spending on water projects and drought relief. The legislation, which was approved by the state Senate on Wednesday, now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. There's only $27.4 million in new spending in the package of two bills, which would help protect wildlife and provide food and water assistance to struggling communities. Most of the rest of the money is being drawn from previously approved bond measures and would fund long-term upgrades to the state's water infrastructure. "You won’t see any of us on this floor hanging ‘Mission Accomplished' banners,"...

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