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Schwarzenegger Refuses to Sign Any More Bills; Welcome to Political Gridlock

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Forget the LA County Board of Supervisors for a moment and listen to this: Gov. Schwarzenegger just made an ultimatum with state legislators: "Until the Legislature passes a budget that I can sign, I will not sign any bills that reach my desk," he said in a press conference this afternoon.

What does that mean for a struggling bill called AB2321, which would allow a measure to go on the ballot in November asking residents for a half-cent sales tax increase for transportation funding? According to initial talks with a staffer at the bill's author's office (Assemblymember Mike Feuer), if AB2321 were to go through everything would be fine as long as Schwarzenegger signs it by August 22 when the legislature adjourns.

Schwarzenegger said that he knows this "means some good bills will fail." However, Feuer's office is looking further into this to see how it will effect the bill. The last day for proposals to get on the ballot is August 10. Is the governor's signature needed by then? If so, say good by to the "Subway to the Sea" and other projects for now. More details to come...

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Update: As Damien Newton of Streetsblog LA says in a comment, as long as the bill isn't touched and stays parallel with the Metro's ordinance, it will be fine. AB 2321 does not need a governor signature to go through to become law, according to Bart Reed of The Transit Coalition. It simply authorizes LA County to collect an additional sales tax should the voters approve it.

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