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State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, left, tries to convince Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, to vote for a bill to authorize  about $4.5 billion in funding for a high-speed rail system, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, July 6, 2012.   The bill, which would allow the state to begin selling $2.6 billion in voter -approved bonds, was approved by a 21-16 vote and now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown who has supports the measure.   Lowenthal was among the three Democrats in the Senate to oppose the bill.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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