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AB-394 California Environmental Quality Act: exemption: egress route projects: fire safety.(2019-2020)

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Bill Status
AB-394
Obernolte (A)
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Gallagher (A) , Mathis (A) , Wood (A)
California Environmental Quality Act: exemption: egress route projects: fire safety.
03/09/19
An act to add and repeal Section 21080.53 of the Public Resources Code, relating to environmental quality.
Assembly
09/16/19
09/06/19

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
10/02/19 Vetoed by Governor.
09/23/19 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
09/11/19 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 76. Noes 1. Page 3379.).
09/11/19 Assembly Rule 77 suspended. (Page 3370.)
09/10/19 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after September 12 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:



I am returning Assembly Bill 394 without my signature.



This bill exempts from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), until January 1, 2025, egress route projects or activities undertaken by a public agency. The affected projects include those that are specifically recommended by the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to improve the fire safety of an existing subdivision when certain conditions are met.



California’s devastating wildfires of 2017 and 2018 amplified the urgent imperative to mitigate risk and build robust community emergency plans, especially for our most vulnerable in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). However, the CEQA exemption provided in this bill is premature and may result in unintended consequences. Without better information on the number, location and potential impacts of future fire safety road construction projects, it is not clear whether statutory changes are needed. Furthermore, it is important that we build solutions around the unique and targeted needs of each community.



Sincerely,











Gavin Newsom