Sen. Feinstein introduces California drought bill

The bill’s release was accompanied by expressions of support from a diverse group of stakeholders and elected officials.

California, Feb. 11, 2016 -- Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced a sweeping piece of legislation to combat the years-long California drought. The drought bill, her third such attempt in the last two years, is comprised of the best ideas from previous bills.

“Drafting this bill has been difficult, probably the hardest bill I’ve worked on in my 23 years in the Senate,” Feinstein said. “But it’s important, and that’s why we’ve been working so hard, holding dozens and dozens of meetings and revising the bill over and over again.”

The bill’s release was accompanied by expressions of support from a diverse group of stakeholders and elected officials.

Long-term provisions of the bill include investments in water storage, desalination, and recycling.

Short-term provisions adhere to environmental laws, sunset after two years or when drought emergency ends, whichever is later.

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