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Calif Assembly crafting leaner water bond proposal

Posted: August 5, 2013 4:00 p.m.
Updated: August 5, 2013 4:00 p.m.
 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Assembly Speaker John Perez says his chamber is working on a $7 billion to $8 billion water bond proposal to replace a $11.1 billion bond first slated for the ballot in 2009.

The Democratic leader told reporters Monday that he sees "an absolute appetite" in the Legislature for a package to pay for water infrastructure projects. A ballot measure to provide that funding has been postponed twice amid lagging public support.

Perez, of Los Angeles, says he expects to win support from most of the interested groups to replace the bond proposal currently slated for the 2014 ballot. He says the money is needed to improve access to quality water and boost storage capacity.

An Assembly working group is still crafting the revised bond proposal.

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