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(Sacramento) – The California Assembly today approved a package of emergency drought relief bills that would provide over $1 billion in funds to alleviate problems caused by the drought and reinforce local water infrastructure.

“When we passed the historic water bond last year we said we would revisit it to do more if needed,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “The package before us today is the first step in fulfilling that obligation and in helping bring relief to Californians suffering the effects of the drought. We will also take additional steps, as needed, going forward. But the severity of the drought requires that action start now.”

AB 91 and AB 92 will now go to the Governor for his signature.

Website of Speaker Toni G. Atkins: www.asmdc.org/speaker

Below are links to audio of Speaker Atkins:

Remarks from Speaker Atkins prior to today’s passage of AB 91 and 92. (4:55)

Speaker Atkins says the drought legislation package will address immediate needs and long term solutions. (:37)

Speaker Atkins says the water crisis is a good opportunity for each of us to review how we use our water. (:27)

Other Members of the Assembly Democratic Caucus from around the state also commented on the passage of the drought legislation:

Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) says passage of AB 91 and AB 92 is an important first step. (:24)

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) says the drought legislation passed today has short and long term solutions included in it. (:32)

Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) says the water shortage is not just a drought, it’s a crisis everyone must address. (:13)

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) says there is no one magic solution to the state’s water crisis. (:20)

Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) says he’s glad AB91 and 92 have passed but there’s more work to be done. (:21)

CONTACT: John Casey (916) 319-2408.

Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: http://asmdc.org/speaker