California’s water policies take center stage this week as the state legislature meets for a special session Monday following Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s request.
The governor threatened last week to veto hundreds of bills if state lawmakers didn’t agree to a new water deal by the end of the weekend. A special Sunday meeting conducted by Gov. Schwarzenegger with the state’s top Republican and Democratic leaders didn’t yield an agreement, but the governor still signed a majority of the bills he threatened to veto.
Despite the tension, both sides appear to be nearing a resolution.
“Working through the weekend in pursuit of a water deal that has repeatedly eluded them, Republican and Democratic leaders said they hoped to present a water package to their respective caucuses within two days.”
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“Even though he and legislative leaders didn’t secure on a water deal by midnight, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t follow through with his threat to veto, en mass, the nearly 700 pending bills on his desk.
“Instead, Schwarzenegger said he was pleased with the progress of negotiations and called yet another special session of the State Legislature to address water.”
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“What legislators say in the hallway outside negotiations and what they say to each other behind closed doors is often a major divide. Neither side wants to give ground in the court of public opinion. Whatever they come out with, if they come out with anything, will be claimed as victory by both sides.”
“Democratic legislative leaders delayed until late in September to actually send most of the bills to the Governor that the Legislature passed earlier in the month in the final days of session, worried that he would veto many or all of them. With the October 11th deadline approaching, legislative leaders late in September finally had to send all the bills they held to the Governor, expressing optimism that the Governor would not veto those bills because of the lack of a water deal.”