VETOED	DATE: 09/28/2008

To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 2704 without my signature.

This bill authorizes schools to provide free tap water for students
in the food service area during the school day.  Nothing under
current law prohibits a school from providing free tap water to its
students.  This bill also prohibits a district from entering into
contracts that prohibit the availability of free tap water.  This
bill essentially seeks to regulate a perceived lack of common sense
amongst California's school administrators, implying that they are
not acting in the best interest of our students, by denying kids
access to free tap water.  I do not believe this particular bill is

Instead of signing this bill, I would much rather work with the
Legislature on finding more positive and constructive ways to promote
the accessibility and consumption of clean water in our schools.

For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill.


Arnold Schwarzenegger