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Central Valley Clean Water Bill Gets Past Major Hurdle Despite Republican Opposition



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A bill that could help disadvantaged Central Valley towns including ones in Tulare County provide safe and affordable drinking passed its first legislative hurdle despite facing opposition by Republican critics, including GOP representatives from California.
In December 2019, Rep. TJ Cox (D-Fresno) unveiled a $100 million proposal to make improvements in small towns suffering from contaminated drinking water.
The proposed bill, Disadvantaged Community Drinking Water Assistance Act, will help to “close the gap” in funding for impoverished, mid-sized cities that fall through the cracks under current law, Cox said.
“We provide the world with fruit and vegetables, but if we can’t provide the key ingredient of life for our own people, then I think we’ve really failed the most basic test of governance,” said Cox, whose district encompasses all of Kings County and parts of Tulare, Fresno and Kern counties.
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