Legislation identified by the California Chamber of Commerce as a job creator because it will minimize frivolous litigation that blocks infill housing projects won bipartisan approval from a Senate policy committee and is headed for a vote by the entire Senate.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved SB 659 (Borgeas; R-Fresno) on a vote of 5-4 on April 30.
In testimony to the committee, CalChamber Policy Advocate Adam Regele noted that the bill is “narrowly crafted to protect crucial housing from meritless frivolous lawsuits.”
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is used sometimes by special interest and community groups to delay, scale back or halt projects for reasons unrelated to the environment.
SB 659 acknowledges the urgency of timely housing construction and seeks to discourage frivolous CEQA litigation filed to block or slow critically needed infill housing projects by awarding reasonable attorney’s fees to the prevailing party.
By discouraging frivolous CEQA litigation, SB 659 will expedite construction for infill housing projects, reduce costs associated with CEQA litigation, and create more jobs. Read More