- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California state Senate is backing legislation to give financial relief to law enforcement and government agencies that responded to last year’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

The Senate voted unanimously to assume an estimated $1.6 million in costs on top of the $6.4 million the state already planned to pay.

Under California law, the state typically covers 75 percent of the costs of a disaster with local governments paying the rest. SB1385 by Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino would require the state to pay the whole bill.

State lawmakers have approved full disaster response funding more than a dozen times since 1989, typically in response to natural incidents like earthquakes and storms.

The bill goes next to the Assembly.


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