ALAMEDA, Calif. — A California Senate committee has approved a watered-down version of a bill designed to make it harder for cities or other local agencies to file for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy.

AB 155 was introduced in 2009. In its original form, it required municipalities to secure the approval of the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission before seeking protection from creditors under Chapter 9 of the U.S. ­Bankruptcy Code.

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