Monday, February 4, 2013

The Looming Battle Over CEQA

Reforming the State’s baseline environmental law is a priority for Governor Jerry Brown and the Democrat-dominated Legislature. The California Environmental Quality Act, commonly called CEQA, has regulated industry and development in the State since 1970. Because of the State’s continuing economic woes and the demand for jobs, some Lawmakers are hoping to reform CEQA. A last-minute bill sponsored by Senator Michael Rubio to do that failed in the last legislative session. Now, with the Governor’s blessing, Rubio is again taking the lead in carrying reform legislation. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.