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Legislature struggles to revamp water-bond measure

July 3, 2014 • Business


FILE — In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, a warning buoy sits on the dry, cracked bed of Lake Mendocino near Ukiah, Calif. The Legislature will revisit overhauling an $11.1 billion water bond measure that is scheduled to go before voters in November, when they return from a month long summer recess. Facing one of he most severe droughts in the state’s history, lawmakers are negotiating a deal that funds projects that increases water supply and availability.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Legislature adjourned for its summer recess Thursday without meeting its top remaining priority: overhauling the $11.1 billion water bond scheduled to go before voters this fall.

The existing measure, which will appear on the November ballot as Proposition 43, passed in 2009 under then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, but it has been delayed twice. Most lawmakers have agreed it is too large, filled with special-interest pork and too contentious to win voter approval. But they have struggled to find a compromise.

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