Last-Minute Attempt to Create Broad CEQA Exemptions Shelved - For Now

August 23, 2012 - Last-minute legislation—strongly opposed by the Building Trades—that would have created broad new exemptions to CEQA, was shelved today in the face of united opposition from us and others against the scheme. The author cited “the dynamics of the building,” in announcing he was dropping the effort, an indication that communications from Building Trades members urging legislators to oppose the measure were effective.

Building Trades’ legislative advocates told legislators that the proposal would have undermined labor-supported laws to allow environmentally friendly projects to receive expedited review, was too broad and lacked standards for job creation or environmental safety, and was likely to increase, not deter, CEQA-related lawsuits.

Our efforts resulted in a letter from 34 Democratic legislators to the Assembly and Senate leadership urging that the action not be considered this year. (Click here for letter.) The signers of that letter are listed below. If your legislators are among them, please contact them to express your thanks and appreciation.

CEQA reform is sure to be a major issue before the Legislature in 2013. We will closely monitor the topic and keep you informed.

Here are the legislators who signed the letter endorsing our position:

Asm. Rich Gordon
Asm. Jared Huffman
Asm. Michael Allen
Asm. Marty Block
Asm. Das Williams
Asm. Jerry Hill
Asm. Mariko Yamada
Asm. Anthony Portantino
Asm. Paul Fong
Asm. Julia Brownley
Asm. Wesley Chesbro
Asm. Roger Dickinson
Asm. Bob Blumenfield
Asm. Tom Ammiano
Asm. Mike Feuer
Asm. Toni Atkins
Asm. Holly Mitchell
Asm. Susan Bonilla
Asm. Nancy Skinner
Asm. Betsy Butler
Asm. Wilmer Amina Carter
Asm. Sandré Swanson
Asm. Bill Monning
Asm. Ben Hueso
Asm. Warren Furutani

Sen. Lois Wolk
Sen. Noreen Evans
Sen. Fran Pavley
Sen. Elaine Alquist
Sen. Christine Kehoe
Sen. Loni Hancock
Sen. Mark DeSaulnier
Sen. Mark Leno
Sen. Alan Lowenthal

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