Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed 226 bills and vetoed eight, despite threats he would veto hundreds of outstanding bills if an agreement was not reached that would resolve California’s water crisis.
“I made it very clear to the legislators and to the leaders that if this does not get done then I will veto a lot of their legislation, a lot of their bills,” he told a group of community college trustees on Thursday in reference to upgrading California’s water infrastructure.
Even though water legislation has not been completed, Schwarzenegger acted on all the bills on his desk, according to the governor’s office.
He also issued a proclamation late Sunday night calling for a special session of the legislature to meet today to address water issues.
In addition to ordering the legislature to discuss measures to protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the proclamation mandates that it address the short term and long term improvement of California’s water management system.