Wildfire funding stripped
The Assembly Appropriations Committee also stripped $1 billion in funding from a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Santa Rosa, to protect homes against wildfire through home improvements.
The move came after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom declined to commit to the spending last week. He’s said he would work with the Legislature to find money and “we’ll try to do our best.”
A spokeswoman for Wood said he’ll continue fighting for spending.
Wood’s proposal would have given $1 billion in financial assistance and rebates to people in high fire risk areas to harden their homes, such as by making their roofs fire resistant.
Californians can already get up to $3,000 to retrofit their homes if they live in earthquake zones.
Data privacy law blocked
Lawmakers blocked an effort to expand the state’s sweeping new data privacy law, handing a