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State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, right, shakes hands with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento after  the bill authorizing about $4.5 billion funding for a high-speed rail system was approved by the Senate 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.  Simitian was one of three Democrats who opposed the bill.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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