California water bond proposals now number seven

Posted by Mark Grossi on February 25, 2014 

President Barack Obama, left, talks about drought issues with California Governor Jerry Brown.

ERIC PAUL ZAMORA — THE FRESNO BEE

Assembly Member Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno, and state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, are the latest to propose a new bill tweaking the California water bond scheduled for November.

There are seven versions now, if you include the twice-delayed $11. 2 billion version on the ballot now.

It's a crowded, confusing field at a time when President Barack Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown have drawn attention to an intense drought.

Looks like the perfect time to ask for money to improve the state's water situation. But will lawmakers seize the opportunity, pick one and pass it with enough time to campaign for November? 

"I think we will have to come together on one proposal," said Perea. "This can't drag on too long. If we can't agree on one bill, we should move forward with the $11.2 billion bond that's already on the ballot."

Perea's Assembly Bill 2686 was introduced Friday as a bipartisan proposal including $3 billion for new reservoirs and $2.25 billion for reviving the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. It also contains $1 billion for safe drinking water.

His bill would be for $9.25 billion -- less than the $11.2 billion measure already on the ballot, but more than five other proposals.

The other bond bills are Galgiani's $5.1 billion Senate Bill 1370, $5.8 billion AB 1445, $6.5 billion AB 1331, $6.82 million SB 848 and $9.21 billion SB 927. Check this link for more background.

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