Oct 24 2009
A sweeping 150-page California water plan bill was introduced on October 23 by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and it could form the basis for a special session specifically called for resolving the state’s water supply issues.
The new proposal may not be visible to the public for long before a vote is conducted. And a number of key legislators say they have been left out of the negotiations process.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that “Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, called the water negotiations a ‘terrible process’ that could ultimately jeopardize the plan. ‘My concern is that no matter what comes out of this it won’t be a solution to the problem because of the way it is being put together,’ said Wolk, who represents counties surrounding the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta at the heart of the state’s water system. She has essentially been cut out of the negotiations by Senate leadership.”
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