WASHINGTON - Three grand juries in California have concluded in the last year that leasing is an abuse of power by public officials, demonstrating a "pattern of public concern" that could lead to a backlash against the state's $30 billion leasing industry, a draft report says.

"To the extent that individuals or groups have braved the impervious jargon of leasing for a closer look, they invariably have been concerned that this form of financing permits government agencies to circumvent constitutional and statutory restrictions on indebtedness," the report says.

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