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The House and Senate will reconvene on Monday, May 5, 2014. This will be the last session week until after the May 20 primary. Here’s what happened in Harrisburg this week:
Waterfront Development -
A large group of New York property owners have filed suit against Governor Andrew Cuomo, demanding that the state concludes its five-year-long assessment of whether to allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The group, called...more
Earlier today, I posted about the political difficulties inherent in reforming flood insurance programs to avoid subsidizing those who choose to live in coastal areas subject to flooding. When even Democratic legislators...more
Notice of a Public Hearing for a Property-related Fee or Charge Must Only be Mailed to the Record Owners of Each Affected Parcel -
A California court of appeal recently held that a groundwater management agency’s...more
Governor Christie yesterday signed into law legislation that amends the Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL) to expand authorization for the use of cluster developments. The legislation, S2608 (Senators Van Drew and Oroho)/A3761...more
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ADOPTS NEW CEQA APPEAL PROCEDURES -
After nearly a year of effort (and after three previous unsuccessful tries by others), San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener crafted a California Environmental...more
The regular session of the 2013 Texas Legislature is over and now it’s time to assess the damage. ...more
Lauded as the CEQA Modernization Act of 2013, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s SB 731 includes a number of amendments to CEQA that appear intended to appeal to a wide variety of interest groups. SB 731 replaces...more
On February 22, California State Assembly Member Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, introduced a bill, AB 1229, to restore the ability of California cities and counties to require affordable housing as part of market-rate housing...more
Governor Christie has signed an amendment to the Permit Extension Act that extends the validity of certain development “approvals” to December 31, 2014. This was the third amendment to the Act, which was originally signed...more
Over the last several years, county and city governments have looked anew at a more than 30-year-old provision in the Florida Constitution that permits using property tax exemptions as economic development tools. The Florida...more
Governor Jerry Brown was recently quoted in a Capitol Alert piece as calling legislative reform of CEQA “the Lord’s work” – hopefully he didn’t mean the quest for the Holy Grail – although he admitted in the same article he...more
In recognition of the complexity and political rancor surrounding CEQA reform, Governor Jerry Brown quipped this week that CEQA reform was "the Lord's work." Concurrent with his comments, major CEQA reforms were being...more
A heavily amended property tax bill got the green light from the Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee this week. HF2274 (formerly HSB 519), the Governor’s commercial property tax reform proposal, now...more
The proposed eminent domain constitutional amendment is pending at the 2012 Virginia General Assembly. See 2012′s bills on the amendment, HJ 3 and SJ 3.
Shortly before the close of the last legislative session, I found myself writing a strongly-worded letter (on behalf of myself and interested clients of Miller Starr Regalia) to Governor Brown, the authors of proposed SB 436...more
Two weeks ago we filed California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos, an original writ proceeding in the California Supreme Court challenging a two-bill package in which the Legislature first eliminated California's 400...more
On July 15, 2011, Governor Brown signed into law AB 208, a bill that offers a further extension of certain subdivision maps. The bill was originally sponsored by the California Building Industry Association in order to...more
The Legislature has passed and the Governor signed HB 7207, comprehensive growth management reform legislation.
The legislation amends several aspects of the growth management regulatory scheme in Florida. Summary...more
This is the first in a series of blog entries monitoring the proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies and describing alternative public funding sources for redevelopment projects.
After much discussion, debate and...more
The Alameda County Superior Court recently invalidated the housing cap in a voter-approved measure limiting the number of residences that could be built in the City of Pleasanton, California. The court also noted that the...more
Relatively few bills relating to growth management have been introduced in this session due to the pending statewide vote on Amendment 4. However, in response to court challenges to Senate Bill 360, which became law last...more
The recent leasing of Pennsylvania state forest land for natural gas drilling raised so much more money than anticipated for the state that Gov. Edward Rendell decided to lease additional land. Part of the governor's proposed...more
Did you feel it? HB 1250 has been approved by the Virginia General Assembly. And with it, a major shift has occurred in the law of vested rights.
Vested rights is a legal principle arising from common law under which a...more
On January 12, 2010, the New Jersey State Legislature introduced four bills that indicate an intention to change eminent domain practice in the state. These bills are anticipated to help eliminate issues that have accompanied...more
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