$687M Emergency Drought Relief Plan Clears California Legislature

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A $687.4 million emergency drought relief package is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk after easily clearing the Legislature on Thursday.

Lake Cachuma, in the Santa Ynez Valley inland from Santa Barbara, is a clear example of California’s drought. (Credit: KTLA)

Brown and legislative leaders last week unveiled the proposal, which would free up the state’s water supplies and provide assistance to residents who face economic hardship due to the drought.

“Today we provide significant relief,” state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said in a floor speech. “This is a lot of money and will help thousands of California families dealing with the drought.”

Republican Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) voted for the bill despite saying it is “putting a Band-Aid on a shark bite.”

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