SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - California lawmakers are poised to tackle changes to the state's landmark environmental regulatory law, which has long been a source of conflict between developers, environmentalist and local governments.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Sacramento Democrat, proposed the bill Friday, the last day for lawmakers to introduce legislation.
Democrats are renewing their efforts to modernize the California Environmental Quality Act after a proposal failed last year. Gov. Jerry Brown challenged lawmakers to "rethink" the law last month.
The business community has long complained that the act stifles development and encourages frivolous lawsuits. Environmental groups have resisted efforts to change one of the strictest environmental laws in the nation.
Steinberg says his bill will make it easier to build so-called infill projects and limit "document dumps" aimed at delaying projects.