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News Posted on February 27, 2013

Professor Frank Comments on Resignation of Senator Rubio for Daily Journal, Greenwire

Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank commented on the resignation of state Senator Michael Rubio for the Daily Journal and Greenwire.  The articles assess the prospects for reform of the California Environmental Policy Act following the exit of the legislator who had been expected to take the lead in addressing potential changes to California's most important environmental law.

"This very much changes the chemistry and the political dynamic because he was clearly the leader of efforts to reform CEQA," commented Frank for the Daily Journal. "Senator Rubio's resignation is a significant setback for the business community and others who had been looking for more than cosmetic changes in CEQA."

In response to conjecture that Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg '84 may now take the lead in driving reform, Frank said that if that is the case, environmental interests could benefit.  "I'm not sure if Steinberg now is willing to lead the CEQA reform efforts himself, or is looking for the next Rubio to do so," he commented for Greenwire.  "If the former, my sense is that the CEQA revisions that emerge will be more environmentally friendly and less business/developer-friendly than if Rubio were still leaving the charge."

Frank, a 1974 graduate of King Hall, is a leader in the field of environmental law and the founding Director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center at UC Davis School of Law.