Carley Porter death (AP)
A-4 THE SUN Thursday. Dee. 7, 1972 Ml AF Wirephoto Assemblyman Carley Porter . . . Compton Demo found dead Garley Porter, 66, Assemblyman, Dies SACRAMENTO (AP) -Veteran Assemblyman Carley Porter, a major sponsor of the $3 billion State Water Project, died today in Washington, his Los Angeles office and Capitol sources said. Porter, a Democrat from Downey, was 66. His death will cut the Democratic margin in the 1973 legislature from 51-29 to 50-29. Porter was attending a meeting in Washington, D.C. and was found dead in his hotel room, a hotel official told Assembly Sergeant-at-Arms Tony Beard. Porter was the third-ranking member of the 80-seat Assembly in terms of seniority. He was first elected in a special election in 1949. Porter was co-author of the Burns-Porter Water Bond Act of 1960, a $1.75 billion bond issue which launched construction of the State Water Project. He was also co-author of the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act of 196S, a landmark antipollution measure which Porter described as the toughest state antipollution measure in the nation. That act has become a standard for later environmental legislation in California and other states. He also authored the Clean Water Bond Act of 1970. Porter was chairman of the Assembly Water Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.