Calif. Panel Siding Against Bill To Nix Rail Funding

Law360, San Diego (April 23, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT) -- A Democratically controlled California Assembly panel on Monday tentatively rejected a Republican lawmaker’s bill seeking to cut state funding for California’s $68.4 billion high-speed rail plan, which would effectively derail the project for creating 220-mph train service across the state.

The Assembly Transportation Committee voted 6-3 against A.B. 1455, carried by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point, which called for the repeal of the $9.95 billion in state bonds voters approved in November 2008 to fund the plan while allowing for $950 million to go toward local...
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