California Legislature OKs $1 billion for coronavirus

The California Legislature approved up to $1 billion in new spending on Monday to combat the coronavirus outbreak, then suspended their work for the next month to try and contain the illness.

Posted: Mar 17, 2020 8:30 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - - The California Legislature has suspended its work until April 13 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The decision came just a few hours after lawmakers approved up to $1 billion in new spending to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

The vote was taken without some older lawmakers present who stayed home rather than risk spreading the disease.

The bill now goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom for his review.

It would allow Newsom to spend $500 million for any purpose related to the governor's declaration of emergency earlier this month. Newsom can increase that spending in $50 million increments if he notifies the Legislature.

But the spending can't exceed $1 billion. Lawmakers also approved a bill to make sure public schools that close because of the virus don't lose funding.

CONTINUING CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE

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