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Legislators Still Scrambling for Bond Issue Initiative

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

Schwarzenegger says the negotiators are very close to an agreement but that negotiations might stretch through the weekend. Both the Assembly and Senate delayed and then canceled their meetings Thursday, but the Senate´s leader says he´ll schedule a vote on a bond bill Friday with or without a bipartisan agreement.

Democrats would only have to get the votes of two of the Senate´s 14 Republicans to put together the two-thirds majority needed to pass a bond measure.

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.