The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead agency, as defined, to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify the completion of an environmental impact report on a project that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment or to adopt a negative declaration if it finds that the project will not have that effect. CEQA also requires a lead agency to prepare a mitigated negative declaration for a project that may have a significant effect on the environment if revisions in the project would avoid or mitigate that effect and there is no substantial evidence that the project, as revised, would have a significant effect on the environment. CEQA establishes a procedure by which a person may seek judicial review of the decision of the lead agency made pursuant to CEQA. CEQA requires a court to make specified orders if it finds that any determination, finding, or decision of a public agency has been made without compliance with CEQA. The Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act of 2011 (leadership act) authorizes the Governor, until January 1, 2020, to certify projects that meet certain requirements, including certain labor-related requirements, for streamlining benefits provided by the leadership act related to compliance with CEQA and streamlining of judicial review of action taken by a public agency to require a judicial action to be resolved within 270 days of the filing of the certified record of proceedings with the court. The leadership act provides that if a lead agency fails to approve a project certified by the Governor before January 1, 2021, the certification expires and is no longer valid. The leadership act requires a lead agency to prepare the record of proceedings for the certified project concurrent with the preparation of the environmental documents. The leadership act is repealed by its own terms on January 1, 2021. This bill would additionally include projects to construct a fixed guideway, as defined, and related fixed facilities meeting certain conditions as projects that are eligible for certification by the Governor under the leadership act. The bill would provide that the certification by the Governor expires if the lead agency fails to approve the project by January 1, 2024. Because a lead agency would be required to prepare the record of proceedings for these projects, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill would provide that this act shall become effective only if Senate Bill 995 of the 2019â€“20 Regular Session is enacted on or before January 1, 2021. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
Vetoed by the Governor.
Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2 p.m.
Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 35. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 72. Noes 1. Page 5290.) Ordered to the Senate.
In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.
Read third time and amended.
Ordered to third reading.
Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 18. Noes 0.) (August 20).
August 18 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.
From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 1.) (August 6).
From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
July 29 hearing postponed by committee.
In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 37. Noes 0. Page 3168.) Ordered to the Assembly.
Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.
From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 6. Noes 1. Page 3142.) (January 23).
January 21 hearing: Placed on APPR. suspense file.
Set for hearing January 23.
Set for hearing January 21.
From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 0. Page 3088.) (January 14).
Set for hearing January 14.
From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 27.
Read first time.
Introduced. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
|Bill Text Versions||Format|
|02/22/19 - Introduced|
|01/06/20 - Amended Senate|
|01/15/20 - Amended Senate|
|01/23/20 - Amended Senate|
|07/27/20 - Amended Assembly|
|08/11/20 - Amended Assembly|
|08/25/20 - Amended Assembly|
|09/02/20 - Enrolled|
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