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With more "Big 5" talks on water expected to take place throughout the day, Assembly Republicans have added their own version of a water bill into the mix.

Read the text of the bill, authored by Assemblymembers Jean Fuller, Jim Nielsen
and Kevin Jeffries here.

My colleague E.J. Schultz writes in today's fiber Bee about some of the concerns Republicans have expressed about the draft Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduced over the weekend.

"GOP leaders said they still have issues with the conservation and groundwater rules.

'After weeks and weeks and weeks of discussion, to find that our concerns evidently were not taken seriously is disappointing,' said Assembly Republican leader Sam Blakeslee. Republicans have 'grave concerns whether or not this actually solves the water problem,' he said.

One GOP fear is that new conservation requirements would lead to lawsuits against urban water agencies that don't meet the targets."

Click here to read the full story.

An update on the status of water talks was added to this post at 1:06 p.m. Looks like not all legislative leaders will be attending in person if a set "Big 5" talk does occur. "On plane ready to go back to LAX," Democratic Assemblyman Tony Mendoza tweeted moments ago. "Today, I get to fly back with our Speaker, Karen Bass."




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