California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)​



Oversee issues related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA.) Recommend policies that meet the mutual objectives of protecting human health and the environment while conserving the financial resources of business to the fullest extent possible in order to help California businesses grow and promote their technologies/services.


Major Victories

Defeated legislation in 2018 that would have increased costs for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance (AB 2447).

Supported legislation signed into law in 2016 that expedites the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process for certain projects (SB 734, SB 1008).

Secured approval of urgency legislation in 2015 expediting and reducing the cost for certain roadway repair and maintenance projects by continuing to exempt them from the California Environmental Quality Act (AB 323).

Legislation in 2014 that would have created more opportunities for litigation and substantially increased project cost and delay by creating mandatory consultation requirements with Native American Tribes was significantly amended to be more workable (AB 52); and the most onerous provisions were amended out of a proposal to double penalties issued by the state air board, regional air districts and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (AB 1330).

Supported bills making a start toward California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform by exempting roadway projects and bike lanes in existing roadways from the CEQA process (AB 890, AB 2245).

Halted expensive unnecessary regulatory burdens, such as an expansion of reasons to sue under the California Environmental Quality Act in 2013 (SB 617, SB 754).

Supported four bills signed into law in 2010 that will lead to increased construction jobs by streamlining the California Environmental Quality Act process for certain projects (AB 1846); authorizing use of design-build by the Riverside County Transportation Commission (AB 2098); creating construction jobs building travel infrastructure (SB 1192); and ensuring expedited permitting of environmentally sound solar thermal projects (SBX3 34).

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