Calif. Bill Paves Way For More Fines Over Coastal Violations

Law360, San Diego (September 9, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT) -- California lawmakers are considering a bill that would empower the state’s Coastal Commission to issue civil penalties for coastal law violations without first having to go to court, and lawyers say it could encourage the agency to impose more fines by shifting the burden of initiating court proceedings to property owners.

On a 21-17 vote, the state Senate floor on Friday approved A.B. 976, which would give the commission the ability to administratively levy penalties against property owners who engage in unauthorized development, damage environmentally sensitive...
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