Bills To Create CEQA Courts Hinge On Funding Question

Law360, San Diego (April 18, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT) -- California lawmakers are considering legislation that would assign specialized judges to hear California Environmental Quality Act cases, in a move some attorneys say would speed the resolution of real estate development fights, but the fate of the bills may turn on whether lawmakers can scrape together funds for the state’s cash-strapped judicial branch to create these specialty courts.

In a 4-3 vote, the state Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday passed S.B. 123, which would create environmental and land use divisions in at least 12 superior courts...
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