“‘Rising star’ leads push to overhaul landmark Calif. environmental law””

January 23, 2013

By Anne C. Mulkern

A California state senator elected just two years ago is becoming one of the biggest names in environmental law and clean energy expansion.

Michael Rubio, 35, this month took over as chairman of the state Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee, which controls legislation tied to air, water and land protections. A Democrat from a conservative, rural district in the Central Valley, he supports some green causes but also takes positions that make environmental groups anxious.

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