Both bills voted upon Monday night barely mustered enough votes to pass. Although, the senate passed AB 1265 by a 27-7 margin, it needed a two-thirds majority. State Sen. Ellen Corbett voted against the bill. In the assembly, after a few rounds of horse trading was needed to gain approval and it did so 54-22 without Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, who also voted no. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill late Tuesday afternoon.
Opponents of the water bond say it was pork-laden and unwieldy and sought to allow the once-future Proposition 18 to likely founder at the ballot box this November with the state facing a $19 billion deficit. Instead, the Legislature will resume discussion in two years time on how to alleviate the state's broken water system constructed 50 years ago with a population half the size it is today.