SB 659:

Silencing Communities from Fighting Pollution

Requires the losing party of a lawsuit challenging a project through the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to pay the attorney’s fees for the prevailing party. This would effectively silence communities and erode CEQA's only enforcement mechanism by forcing community groups with legitimate concerns and limited financial resources to weigh the protection of their community against their ability to potentially pay a developer’s attorney’s fees.

Bill info from the legislature
Issues: Land Use

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CLCV Opposed


Passed Senate Judiciary Committee 5-4

VOTE EVENT: Senate Judiciary Committee, April 30, 2019Status: Passed

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PRO-ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION:ANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION:DID NOT VOTEDid not vote on good bill. Counted negatively.DID NOT VOTEDid not vote on a bad bill. Counted positively.EXCUSEDAbsent due to illness or family leave; not counted positively or negatively.

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