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Calif. High Court Could Play Major Role In CEQA Reform

Law360, San Diego (March 7, 2013, 11:17 PM EST) -- Even as California lawmakers make moves to reform the California Environmental Quality Act, the state Supreme Court has taken up a host of cases involving the controversial statute, and the court's rulings on issues like the use of exemptions to get quicker project approval could prove instrumental in reshaping it, attorneys say.

The California Supreme Court is showing a greater willingness to try to resolve conflicts arising from the key environmental review law, which requires public agencies to evaluate projects’ significant effects on the environment. Over the past year, it has granted review to five CEQA cases, including a dispute over...

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