On January 24, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown discussed the need for CEQA reform in his State Of The State address. In discussing CEQA, Governor Brown explained that streamlining CEQA could help California regain its fiscal footing and create new jobs. To achieve these goals, Governor Brown stated that CEQA must be implemented to apply “consistent standards that provide greater certainty and cut needless delays.”
Governor Brown’s comments provide further evidence of the growing consensus that CEQA must be modernized to ensure California can simultaneously achieve its environmental and economic goals.
Written By: Tina Thomas , Christopher Butcher and Andrea Lutge (law clerk)
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