State Sen. Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto, introduced a bill intended to cut bureaucratic red tape used to halt public works projects.
Cogdill, who represents the Lodi area, said in a news release that Senate Bills 1010 and X8 42 are aimed to generate private-sector jobs. State Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, authored the bill with Cogdill.
The proposal would protect 25 projects annually with certified environmental impact reports from what Cogdill described as frivolous legal challenges under the California Environmental Quality Act.
The law would require projects to be staggered across the state as follows:
- Five projects in San Joaquin, Sacramento, Stanislaus, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced and Tulare counties.
- Five projects in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties.
- Ten projects in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.
- Five projects in other areas of the state.
Projects would be considered on the number and quality of jobs created, amount of capital investment made by the project and the balance between public and private entities. Public hearings would be held.
The pilot project would sunset in 2016 unless the Legislature extends it.