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State Senate Revamps Water Bond

State Senate Revamps Water Bond

The Legislature has adjourned for its summer recess without meeting a top priority: overhauling a water bond that's scheduled to go before voters this fall.

A $10 billion proposal failed about a week ago and today, right before lawmakers left for summer break, another attempt.

"It is certainly close to the price point that the governor put out," Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said on the $7.5 billion plan. 

Governor Jerry Brown is just one hurdle, though, as the bill would need a two-thirds vote.

"Simple math says that they cannot do it without our members," Peter DeMarco said. 

DeMarco, communications director for GOP leader Bob Huff, says Republicans want a billion dollars more in storage than is being provided.

There's still plenty to negotiate on before an August deadline. Talks have stalled on the Assembly side. 

 

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