Schwarzenegger Seeks to Postpone $11 Billion Water Bond Vote to 2012

June 30, 2010

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said June 29 that a statewide vote on the $11 billion water should be postponed until 2012.

The bond vote currently is slated for November. Postponing it would help focus the state's attention on solving its budget crisis, according to Schwarzenegger. With prospects for the bond measure's approval considered to be dim by some observers, a two-year delay could push the vote into a more favorable environment for approval.

The bond was set for voter approval this November as a result of state water legislation enacted in 2009 (SB 2, or the Safe Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010). The Governor needs a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to delay the statewide bond measure vote to 2012. Postponing the statewide vote would not affect other parts of the 2009 state water legislation package, which already is being carried out by a range of administrative agencies. For example, the State Water Resources Control Board is expected to issue draft Delta flow criteria in July and final flow criteria in August.

Key bond supporters Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Sen. Dave Cogdill (R-Modesto) support the postponement. Some other supporters and opponents of the bond measure oppose it.

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