Eggman’s “No Vote, No Tunnels” bill stalls in committee
SACRAMENTO – A bill by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, to force a public vote on a controversial plan to divert water from the Delta through two massive underground tunnels stalled in committee on Friday.
The progress of the bill, AB 1713, through the legislative process and all the way to the Appropriations Committee, just one step from a vote on the Assembly floor, was unprecedented. Similar bills introduced in the past have failed to advance from even a single committee.
“That the bill was able to go so far shows how much the currents have shifted against this disastrous, bloated multibillion dollar project,” Eggman said. “And its failure in this committee shows how much those who back the Twin Tunnels fear an open, democratic process. The more people know about this project, the more they oppose it, and every day that we kept this going was another blow against the tunnels.”
Eggman’s fight against the Twin Tunnels continues on another front. She and State Senator Lois Wolk, recently announced their intention to request an audit of the project by the California State Auditor, following the revelation that the Inspector General of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior had opened an investigation into aspects of the funding of the Twin Tunnels.