WASHINGTON - The California Legislature, in a surprise move before adjourning this month, approved a bill authorizing state Treasurer Kathleen Brown to consolidate the state's hundreds of vendor lease contracts into master lease offerings.

But the state's powerful vendor leasing industry, which succeeded in killing the bill in past legislative sessions, has sympathizers within the administration who may prevail upon Gov. Pete Wilson to veto the bill, state sources said. The governor has until the end of the month to decide.

Subscribe Now

Access to authoritative analysis and perspective and our data-driven report series.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.