SAN FRANCISCO — The California State Public Works Board abruptly removed more than half a billion dollars from last week’s lease-revenue bond sale after two state lawmakers issued a last-minute letter warning of legal challenges to a project that was slated to receive bond funding.

The project — a brand new death row complex at the San Quentin prison in Marin County — is entangled in litigation over the governor’s line-item veto powers, Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, and Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, warned in their letter to the state’s Pooled Money Investment Board, chaired by Treasurer Bill Lockyer.

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