Lawmakers to Vote on $1 Billion Water Plan Amid Drought

Mar 25, 2015 4:29 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are considering a plan to speed up more than $1 billion in water spending as the drought persists.

The state Senate plans to vote on the bills Wednesday afternoon after committees in both chambers take it up.

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders from both parties announced the fast-tracked water legislation last week. They're offering more than $100 million to help residents and wildlife hurt by California's ongoing drought.

The vast majority of the $1 billion spending package comes from voter-approved bond measures.

Two-thirds approves spending for flood control projects. Another $272 million would fund grants for water recycling and supplying drinking water to small and poor cities.

The Assembly is expected to vote on the proposal Thursday.


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