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State lawmakers are considering pulling the $11.14 billion water bond from the November ballot, instead putting the measure on the 2012 ballot.

Fresno Bee colleague E.J. Schultz reports:

The concern among some bond supporters is that, with the state already mired in a $19.1 billion budget deficit, voters aren't in the mood to assume more debt. Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore, confirmed that "unofficial discussions are occurring" and said he would support a delay.

However, some lawmakers who have spent years seeking to get the measure before voters might be reluctant to approve a delay.

"Those of us that worked on it wouldn't want to wait," said Assembly Member Mike Villines, R-Clovis. "It is time to go forward."

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