Senate Committee Votes to Move Water Bond
Legislation that would move the $11.14 billion water bond to the November 2014 ballot passed in the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee July 2 on a bipartisan 6-0 vote.
AB 1422 by Assembly Member Henry Perea (D-Fresno) would move the bond measure from this November’s ballot to the 2014 ballot without making any changes to the content of the bond. The measure is supported by a broad coalition including ACWA and its member agencies, conservation groups, business, labor and agriculture.
Cindy Tuck, ACWA’s deputy executive director, government relations, led testimony in support of the bill.
“From ACWA’s perspective, we were hoping that this would be the year for the bond to pass, but for multiple reasons, including the economy, this is not the year for the water bond to be on the ballot,” Tuck said. “This bill simply delays it to the November 2014 ballot, which is the right course.”
The committee approved the bill after rejecting a motion by Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to repeal the bond measure entirely.
AB 1422 is expected to go to the Senate floor for a vote July 5. If passed there, it would return to the Assembly for concurrence.
The Legislature originally approved legislation placing the bond measure on the November 2010 ballot as part of the comprehensive water package enacted in 2009. Lawmakers voted in August 2010 to move the bond to the November 2012 ballot, citing the state’s economic woes and the need to focus on budget issues this year.