California Assembly puts off vote on SCE rescue bill

LOS ANGELES, Sept 5, 2001 — The California Assembly will not vote on Wednesday on a bill to save utility Southern California Edison from bankruptcy, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg said.

The bill was unlikely to be voted upon until its backers believe it will get enough votes to pass, according to a Reuters News Service report.

The bill would let SoCal Edison recover about $2.9 billion of the estimated $3.9 billion in debt it racked up buying power for its customers at elevated prices last year, but the utility would still have to eat about $1 billion of the costs under the current version.

The bill has been cleared by two assembly committees and must pass the assembly floor vote to move on to the Senate.

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