Two bills that were heavily amended in recent weeks lay out different visions for how California should revise the water bond slated for the 2014 ballot.
A version of Assembly Bill 1331 that was amended a week ago calls for rescinding the $11 billion water bond and replacing it with a $6.5 billion bond "to finance a climate change response for clean and safe drinking water."
The bill by the Assembly's Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, chaired by Democrat Anthony Rendon of Lakewood, calls for a bond that allocates money for improving the quality of drinking water, restoring ecosystems and watersheds, improving the sustainability of the Delta and constructing water storage.
Earlier in August, Sen. Lois Wolk rewrote her Senate Bill 42 to take the $11 billion bond off the ballot and replace it with one valued at $5.6 billion. Her proposal prioritizes "safe drinking water, water quality and flood protection."
Wolk, a Democrat from Davis, has said her approach would "provide funding for immediately addressing the crisis in the Delta, providing water treatment for communities without safe water, increasing flood safety and securing water supply reliability throughout California."
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ABEL MALDONADO, GOP gubernatorial candidate, tweaking the Democratic governor via Twitter, the day Filner officially left office in San Diego