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Valley Public Radio Staff
Tue September 25, 2012
Governor Brown Signs Environmental Bills
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a number of bills Tuesday that he says are designed to help the environment and improve state parks.
The Governor signed two bills that will keep state parks open and improve their management. One of them places a two-year moratorium on any park closure. It designates 30 million dollars to prevent parks from closing, to match private and local donations, and for park maintenance.
Another bill requires the state parks department to create a plan to generate revenues and calls for tighter accounting practices.
Brown also signed legislation that supporters call the Human Right to Water Bill, which says that every human being has the right to clean, affordable and accessible water.
And the Governor signed a bill that tweaks California’s Environmental Quality Act to make it easier for cities to make minor safety improvements to existing roads.