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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

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 779491

Reported Deaths: 14893
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2585166330
Riverside566811153
San Bernardino51750858
Orange516461123
San Diego44007757
Kern31148340
Fresno27487355
Sacramento21171375
Alameda20364370
Santa Clara20129295
San Joaquin19793414
Stanislaus16229329
Contra Costa15640198
Tulare15517256
Ventura12167142
Imperial11534312
San Francisco1064096
Monterey933765
San Mateo9332142
Santa Barbara8803109
Merced8719133
Kings715877
Sonoma6987114
Marin6522112
Solano608555
Madera429658
Placer340741
San Luis Obispo333227
Yolo273253
Butte272033
Santa Cruz21758
Sutter163110
Napa159213
San Benito127211
Yuba11127
El Dorado10584
Mendocino82218
Lassen7310
Shasta66814
Glenn5483
Nevada5035
Colusa5026
Tehama4874
Humboldt4826
Lake43310
Calaveras30513
Amador28616
Tuolumne2204
Inyo18714
Mono1632
Siskiyou1600
Del Norte1351
Mariposa752
Plumas490
Modoc230
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Scattered Clouds
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Hi: 88° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 86°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 86° Lo: 59°
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Paradise
Scattered Clouds
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Hi: 81° Lo: 59°
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Chester
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 69°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 88° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 88°
Willows
Scattered Clouds
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Hi: 89° Lo: 59°
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Most of the forecast will remain pleasant and seasonable with big changes possible by next weekend.
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