The state Senate has approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects in drought-stricken California.
The Senate this week voted 35-1 on the package to accelerate infrastructure spending.
An accompanying measure authorizing fines for illegal water diversions passed on a party-line vote, with Republicans opposed.
A nonpartisan analyst says lawmakers typically know which flood protection projects they are approving. The legislation also allows state water officials to wait five years to select recipients.
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