WASHINGTON -- California Controller Gray Davis yesterday received the go-ahead from state lawyers to provide cash for debt service payments due today on $2.2 billion of lease revenues bonds, while the state Legislature continued to piece together a budget.

Backed by an opinion from the attorney general's office and other counsel that says the controller has continuing authority to appropriate $109 million of lease payments on the bonds, his office spent much of yesterday going through the mechanics of getting the cash into Treasurer Kathleen Brown's hands.

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