The state Senate voted late today to delay an $11.1 billion water bond, scheduled for a vote in November, for two years.
The Assembly was scheduled to take up the delay, sought by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other bond advocates, later. The governor and other supporters fear that with the state's economy still in recession and voters in an anti-politician mood, Proposition 18 could be defeated.
The delay bill, Assembly Bill 1265, cleared the Senate on a 27-7 vote, the bare minimum needed, sending it to the Assembly, whose leaders were still trying to line up 54 votes for immediate passage. State election officials urged rapid action because they must soon begin printing November ballots.