By Christopher Garrett, Jim Arnone and DJ Moore

Many interest groups have urged that the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) needs to be “modernized”, but disagree as to the changes that are needed.  As the California Legislature tackles this challenge, the most visible effort is Senate Bill 731 (S.B. 731) now sponsored by California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.  As a bill sponsored by the President pro Tem there is a reasonable likelihood this legislation will pass, whether