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“Where things stand on CEQA: Steinberg still pushing for reform”

January 17, 2013

By Justin Ewers

Five months after State Sen. Michael Rubio’s eleventh-hour bid last summer to reform the state’s 40-year-old California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), one question still hangs over the state’s landmark environmental law.

“Everybody wants to know – what the heck’s going on with CEQA?” Darrell Steinberg, the Senate President pro Tem, said in a speech this weekend at the Planning & Conservation League’s annual symposium.

Well, if Steinberg’s own remarks about the law are any indication—including the tough love he was willing to give a group of committed environmental advocates this week about the need to “update” CEQA—quite a lot of reform may be on the table.

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