SACRAMENTO — Two Republican state lawmakers submitted language Thursday for a ballot initiative that would ask California voters to redirect about $8 billion in bond money from the state's high-speed rail project to build water storage.
Board of Equalization member George Runner and Sen. Bob Huff of San Dimas, the former Senate minority leader, said they filed language for the initiative with the attorney general's office.
The ballot proposal would also authorize shifting $2.7 billion in unspent funds to water storage construction and amend the state constitution to give drinking water and irrigation priority from California's limited water supply.
"This initiative secures our water future by building long-overdue expansions of existing facilities and new projects to store, deliver and recycle water for our families, farms and businesses," Huff said in a statement.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.