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Lawmakers, Governor Try For Bond Deal; Senate May Vote Without One

Sacramento, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders are scrambling to put together a massive public works bond deal in time to make the June ballot.

The Senate leader says his house might vote on a bond bill Thursday night even if a deal wasn´t reached by then.

Approval of a bond bill by the Senate would put pressure on the Assembly, where at least six Republican votes would be needed to get to a two-thirds majority.

Secretary of State Bruce McPherson had set tomorrow as the cutoff date for lawmakers to add bond measures to the June ballot, but he said Wednesday there is some flexibility in that deadline.

Schwarzenegger said this afternoon that negotiations might stretch through the weekend.

He conceded that an agreement would produce less than the approximately $70 billion in bonds he´s requested to help pay for highway construction, levee repairs, new schools and certain other public works projects.