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Reservoir Debate Emerges As Sticking Point In Bond Negotiations

Sacramento, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders trying to agree on a record-setting public works bond package that could reach the June ballot, but an issue that one lawmaker calls the diabolical politics of water is standing in the way.

That´s a reference to the debate over how much money should be allocated to new reservoirs. The negotiators were working on borrowed time. Last Friday was the secretary of state´s official deadline for the Legislature to add proposals to the June 6th ballot, but lawmakers and administration officials said they could still make the ballot if they act today.

Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez is asking Secretary of State Bruce Mc-Pherson to declare a firm cutoff date for the June ballot. Nunez says there are rumors that the actual deadline is later this week.