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    California lawmakers press governor for details on $1B mask deal

    Several California lawmakers are pressing Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) for details on the nearly $1 billion deal for the state to receive medical masks. The governor about two weeks ago announced a contract with Chinese electric car manufacturer BYD to purchase masks needed during the coronavirus pandemic. But Newsom’s office has released few details about the agreement, even though the state has already wired $495 million to BYD, the Los Angeles Times reported

    H/T: TheHill

    “The legislature does have budget authority and oversight authority, and it’s really important that we know that an acquisition of this magnitude is open, and we’re knowledgeable about it,” State Sen. Jim Nielsen (R) told The Hill.

    One America’s Pearson Sharp spoke with Sen. Brian Jones (R-Calif.), who said there's no reason for Newsom to keep the details secret.

    Read the Joint Legislative Budget Committee letter submitted to the state's executive branch on April 9 requesting the “full details” of the agreement below.

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