Governor Schwarzenegger acknowledged good bills would fail under his threat. But Schwarzenegger’s spokesman Aaron McLear says the Governor will now sign a few. Those include a water bond, a bill establishing a rainy day fund and a plan to modernize the lottery. McLear says lawmakers have to approve those in the next few days to make the November ballot.
“We’re faced with a situation where we’re just days away from the ballot deadline we believe. And because of that the two options are this 1)Don’t allow Californians the opportunity to vote on these measures or 2) Allow them the opportunity to vote on these measures. It’s the responsible thing to do…”
The deadline to place measures on the November ballot was in June—but lawmakers have the authority to waive those rules.
Lawmakers are nearing a record long budget stalemate. August 31st is the latest date the legislature has approved a state spending plan.
One of the measures the Governor says he’ll sign has already approved by lawmakers. It will update the high speed rail bond that’s on the November ballot.