March 7, 2011
The Honorable Jerry Brown, Governor
The Honorable Darrell Steinberg, Senate President pro Tem
The Honorable John A. Pérez, Assembly Speaker
SUBJECT: Protect CEQA and Environmental Laws in the State Budget Process
Dear Governor Brown, Senator Steinberg and Assemblymember Pérez:
The organizations shown above strongly urge you to reject any proposed concessions to the public health, safety and environmental safeguards in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other environmental laws in the budget adoption process.
California has a thorough and transparent legislative and regulatory review process through the existing legislative Policy and oversight committees as well as the regulatory agencies themselves. We are most concerned that the State’s dire fiscal condition will encourage detractors of our environmental programs to propose concessions to weaken CEQA and other environmental protections during the budget process.
We urge you to insist that any proposals that reform regulations or undermine our cornerstone environmental protections be assigned to the appropriate policy or budget subcommittees for full and open discussion and action.
Thank you for your leadership in these matters.