Legislature struggles to revamp water bond measure

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Updated: 7/03/2014 4:38 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Legislature has adjourned for its summer recess without meeting its top remaining priority, overhauling the $11.1 billion water bond scheduled to go before voters this fall.

Senate Democrats unveiled a smaller $7.5 billion plan for water projects Thursday, while negotiations have stalled in the Assembly.

Most lawmakers have agreed the existing bond measure is too large and unwieldy to win voter approval, but they have struggled to find a compromise.

A new bond needs support from supermajorities of both houses, including Senate Republicans, and Gov. Jerry Brown. All are under pressure from environmentalists, farmers, water exporters and trade unions.

Among the sticking points are paying for water storage projects, delta restoration and Brown's delta tunnel project.

The deadline to change the ballot measure is sometime in August.

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