Brown, lawmakers to announce emergency drought-relief package

Mar 19, 2015 10:27 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders plan to announce an emergency drought-relief plan as California enters its fourth dry year.

Brown's office announced a Thursday morning news conference at the state Capitol to present the legislation, but it released no details.

The drought has forced farmers to leave fields unplanted and left thousands in the Central Valley out of work.

Their announcement comes one year after Brown signed a $687 million drought-relief package. That funding provided immediate aid such as drinking water for communities facing dire shortages and food and rental assistance. Most of the money is going to local agencies for projects like water recycling and new wells.

Spokespeople for the governor, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins all declined comment.

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