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Governor fights midnight water deadline

October 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Time is running out, as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers try and hammer out a water deal.The governor and legislative leaders are in their sixth day of talks on a water measure, and the governor has threatened to veto as many as 700 bills if there is no deal to improve the state's network of reservoirs and canals.

Schwarzenegger has until midnight Sunday to make that decision.

"Sadly, there is little in the way of progress. We, as the assembly and senate republicans, put forward a number of alternative proposals and solutions to deal with the defects of what is frankly a bad bill right now," said Sam Blakeslee, the assembly's minority leader.

"This has been a vexing and almost impossible issue for policymakers to solve," said Sen. Darrell Steinberg.

The governor is pushing for more reservoirs and a new water storage system to help central California farmers.

Lawmakers are arguing over conservation and who should pay for improvements.

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