CEQA Reform Bill Tabled for Now
The last minute scramble for a CEQA reform bill has ended for this legislative session. Senate President Pro Tem Steinberg said the Senate would not take up the bill before the current session ends next week. The bill’s author Senator Rubio acquiesced. However, the proposed reform is deferred, not dead. The bill will be made public and is expected to be formally introduced in the next legislative session. There is a coalescing of interests to support significantly amending CEQA to prevent what are seen as obstacles to development through delays and litigation. So, although the mad dash for immediate passage has abated, this issue will be prominently debated in the future. It appears a big legislative battle is looming on the future of CEQA. It is a long-standing issue whose time may have finally come.