Published: Friday, Jul. 6, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 4A
The Legislature voted Thursday to take an $11 billion water bond off the November ballot, delaying a statewide vote on the issue until 2014.
The bond measure, which was crafted by the Legislature in 2009, was expected to face long odds on the ballot this year. Critics – and even some legislators who voted for the bond – say it is too large and contains too many appropriations not directly related to water infrastructure development and conservation.
But even members who spoke against the bill in the Senate voted for Assembly Bill 1422, the legislation to move the bond to 2014. The bill cleared the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 34-2 and passed the Assembly 69-6.
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