A bill that would have made it tougher for California municipalities to declare bankruptcy stalled in the state Senate this week.

The bill’s author, Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Norwalk, asked the Senate Local Government Committee to hold the bill. The move doesn’t mean the bill is dead, but it does suggest that Mendoza doesn’t think he has the votes to move it out of committee. The bill passed the lower house, the Assembly, on June 3.

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