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Davis Signs Rural Crime Bill

Two bills signed by Governor Gray Davis today provide $20-million for crime prevention efforts in rural California counties. Part of the money goes to safeguard food, water and agriculture chemicals from terrorist threats.

One of the bills signed by Davis creates a new Central Valley Rural Crime Prevention Program for Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare counties. The counties get more than $3.5-million to track farm crime.

The second requires that annual grants of $500,000 to sheriffs in the 37 counties with the lowest populations. The money is to be used to supplement but not replace local funding.