California bill aims to make it harder for megaprojects to sidestep state environmental law

Source: LA Times

“You shouldn't have such undue ability that money buys access,” Medina said.

Assemblyman Jose Medina (D-Riverside) says the Rams — and at least five other large developers whose projects were approved by similar means in recent years — have been able to spend significant sums of money to ignore state environmental laws. He’s authored new legislation to block future developers from doing what the Rams did, by prohibiting local governments from approving projects without an exhaustive environmental review.

“You shouldn't have such undue ability that money buys access,” Medina said.

The process the Rams used to secure approval for their stadium shows how the state’s election laws can trump environmental rules.