Democratic leaders make public push for water bond

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Updated: 8/12/2014 1:36 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders are making a public push for their latest water bond proposal a day ahead of scheduled votes in the Legislature.

On Tuesday, they touted the support of more than 20 business, agriculture and environmental groups. But they don't yet have the backing of Republicans to replace the $11.1 billion water bond measure already on the November ballot.

GOP leaders say the Democrats' $7 billion version fails to provide enough money for new reservoirs. Other environmental and Northern California interests also say the plan could support a controversial tunnel project to divert water from the Sacramento River to the rest of the state.

A bond needs approval from two-thirds of the Legislature, and Brown says bipartisan support would build voter confidence in the measure.

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