Governor Brown’s office has proposed new legislation that would modify the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to limit the circumstances under which a court could issue an injunction or other stop work order on the California High Speed Rail (HSR) project pending the outcome of CEQA litigation. The proposed legislation aims to protect the HSR project from a halt in construction that could result from recently filed CEQA litigation, including lawsuits filed by the City of Chowchilla and the County of Madera and Madera and Merced County Farm Bureaus, challenging the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the portion of the proposed HSR line that will traverse through the Central Valley. The Legislature will likely consider the proposal in the next month.
For more information on the Governor’s proposal visit: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/02/4532775/jerry-brown-moves-to-protect-high.html
Written By: Tina Thomas, Amy Higuera and Grant Taylor (law clerk)
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