Lawmakers plan vote on new California water bond

Aug 13, 2014 12:26 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Legislature is expected to vote on overhauling an $11 billion water bond on the November ballot as it faces a deadline for action.

The voting scheduled Wednesday comes after months of negotiations and delays.

The compromise measure needs two-thirds support in both houses. That will require backing by Republicans in the Senate, where Democrats lack a supermajority.

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders touted support for their $7.2 billion plan, which authorizes borrowing for projects such as water recycling, ecosystem restoration and new reservoirs.

Republicans have been demanding more money for water storage. The bond considered by lawmakers Wednesday will likely include changes to secure the needed votes.

The existing bond has been seen as too expensive and filled with pet projects to win voter approval.

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