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Thumbnail image for brownsigns.jpgGov. Jerry Brown will sign a bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing in California if the legislation reaches his desk, Brown's office said Wednesday afternoon.

"The administration has worked collaboratively with the Legislature to craft a bill that comprehensively addresses potential impacts from fracking, including water and air quality, seismic activity and other potential risks," Brown spokesman Evan Westrup said in an email.

Westrup called the legislation "an important step forward" and said Brown "looks forward to signing it once it reaches his desk."

The statement from Brown's office came hours after Senate Bill 4 moved through the Assembly. It awaits action in the Senate.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown and his legislative affairs secretary, Gareth Elliot, right, confer at the Capitol on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, as the governor considered dozens of bills awaiting his signature or veto. The Associated Press/Rich Pedroncelli



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