Steinberg says the law is "on point" in addressing concerns voiced by National Basketball Association owners about the effect of California's environmental laws on the construction of a new arena, "We are looking to streamline projects that are consistent with our air quality and climate change goals that are potential big, high-wage employers. We want to make sure that the process for approving those kinds of projects go much faster."
Steinberg's bill encourages infill projects by limiting the lawsuits that could be filed under the California Environmental Quality Act or CEQA. The bill also promises to speed up the disposition of legal challenges and create a Renewable Energy Ombudsman.
The Senate leader says allowing developers to file paperwork as construction proceeds would reduce litigation delays by up to a year.
The wording of the bill comes from a CEQA working group Senator Steinberg established. Steinberg says the wording of the bill was sent Tuesday to the NBA committee that is reviewing the Seattle and Sacramento bids for the Sacramento Kings.