CEQA streamlining works, lawyers say. But can California's courts keep up?

May 13, 2024Media Mention
Daily Journal

Environmental Partner Sedina Banks was quoted in the Daily Journal regarding the passage of California Senate Bill 149, which aims to expedite judicial review of major infrastructure projects. 


Sedina L. Banks, a partner in the environmental practice at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP in Los Angeles, said the 270-day deadline for resolving CEQA matters has the potential to help move cases along – as long as courts do find it “feasible.”

“There’s the phrase ‘to the extent feasible’ included, which gives courts some leeway, I think, to go beyond that 270 days.” Banks said in a phone call Friday. “This provision is clearly telling the court we want these critical infrastructure CEQA cases to be decided quickly, but at the same time opens up the possibility that that just may not be feasible.”