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Newsfront - November 2, 2007

Houston bill helps in time of emergency

Gov. Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill authored by Assemblyman Guy Houston (R, District 15) that allows government agencies to directly reimburse nonprofit services during emergencies. The governor signed Assembly Bill 903 on Oct. 10, and the law will take effect in January. Under the current law, the state must negotiate individual contracts between government and nonprofit groups each time their help is needed, his staff said.

"People hit by a disaster urgently need food and other aid, and non-profits like food banks are often a critical part of the first response team," said Kim McCoy Wade, executive director of the California Association of Food Banks. "This bill will cut through the red tape."

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