SACRAMENTO, California: The California State Legislature voted on August 9 to remove Proposition 18 from the November 2, 2010 ballot.
Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) wrote the legislation delaying the measure. She said, "This year is a very tough time given the economic situation."
The effort to postpone the water bond from 2010 to 2012 began on June 29, 2010, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he was going to ask the California State Legislature to yank Proposition 18 from the November ballot. He needed a 2/3rds vote in the legislature to accomplish that objective. Schwarzenegger said he did not think Proposition 18 could win in 2010, which is why he wanted it off the ballot, with the objective of trying again in a different election season. The state legislature had to vote by mid-August on the question of removing Proposition 18 from the ballot.
Nationally, the removal of Proposition 18 from the November ballot was the ninth time that a measure that was legally certified for the ballot was subsequently removed. Removals occur for a variety of reasons, including judicial and legislative actions.