California backs effort to boost utilities during wildfires

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California backs effort to boost utilities during wildfires

Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, center, shakes hands with Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, after their wildfire measure they co-authored, along with Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood was approved by the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, July 11, 2019. The bill, AB1054, aimed at stabilizing the state's electric utilities in the face of devastating wildfires caused by their equipment, was approved overwhelmingly and now goes to the governor. At left is state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, who carried the measure in the Senate. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Democratic state lawmakers, from left, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, of Inglewood, State Sen. Bill Dodd, of Napa, Assemblyman Chris Holden, of Pasadena, and Republican Assemblyman Chad Mayes, of Yucca Valley, right, celebrate after the wildfire measure they worked on was approved by the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, July 11, 2019. The bill, AB1054, co-authored by Burke, Holden, and Mayes, and carried by Dodd in the Senate, aimed at stabilizing the state's electric utilities in the face of devastating wildfires caused by their equipment, now goes to the governor. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, center, is hugged by Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, after the wildfire measure he co-authored, with Assembly members Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood and Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, was approved by the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, July 11, 2019. The bill, AB1054, aimed at stabilizing the state's electric utilities in the face of devastating wildfires caused by their equipment, was approved overwhelmingly and now goes to the governor. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, left, talks with Assembly Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, center, after he cast one of the few dissenting votes on the wildfire measure co-authored by Holden, and carried in the Senate by state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, right, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, July 11, 2019. The bill, AB1054, aimed at stabilizing the state's electric utilities in the face of devastating wildfires caused by their equipment, was approved overwhelmingly and now goes to the governor. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, who represents Paradise, Calif., that was devastated by last year's Camp Fire, discusses why he will vote for a wildfire measure before the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, July 11, 2019. The bill, AB1054, aimed at stabilizing the state's electric utilities in the face of devastating wildfires caused by their equipment, was approved overwhelmingly and sent to the governor. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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