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California Lawmakers To Unveil Drought Response Legislation

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February 19, 2014 AT 7:51 PM
California Governor Jerry Brown announced legislation on Wednesday to provide $687 million in emergency drought relief to the parched state, where half a million acres of cropland could go idle in a record production loss. Brown, joined at a press conference by Democratic legislative leaders, said the plan would give money for food and housing to workers impacted by the drought as well as fund projects to conserve, capture and manage water in parched communities. Brown added that the measures, which must still be approved by the legislature, would be paid for by voter-approved bonds and money transferred from other funds.