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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Six Northern California Democrats are breaking from Gov. Jerry Brown to demand a vote on his proposed tunnels to send water to Southern California.

Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman of Stockton said Friday that she’ll introduce a bill to ask voters about the $15.5 billion project.

The Democratic governor has proposed building two massive tunnels in the San Joaquin Delta to supply residents and farmland further south.

Brown’s office declined to comment.

Eggman says she’s joined by Democratic Assembly members Susan Bonilla, Jim Cooper, Jim Frazier and Kevin McCarty, as well as Republican Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and Democratic Sen. Lois Wolk.

A wealthy Stockton farmer who opposes the tunnels has already qualified a ballot measure to require voter approval before the state could issue bonds worth more than $2 billion.