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Cedillo Bill Would Permanently Extend California Land Reuse

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Sen. Gilbert Cedillo has introduced SB 143 to permanently extend the California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act of 2004. The bill will repeal a sunset date for the historic land reuse provision, known as "the brownfields act", set to expire in 2010.

"The Land Reuse and Revitalization Act is an extremely important policy tool. Brownfield polices enable economic revitalization through job creation, generation of local revenues, and productive use of sites that would otherwise be health or environmental concerns. Brownfields redevelopment furthers our goals in reducing our carbon footprint," shared Jim Kennedy, president of the California Redevelopment Association (CRA) Board of Directors, and chairperson of CRA's Brownfields Committee. "We were pleased to work with Senator Cedillo on the original proposal and support the move to make the policy permanent," Kennedy added. The CRA Board recently voted to support Cedillo's SB 143.

The brownfields act has been instrumental in the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties around the state. The original legislation, California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act of 2004, was authored by Assemblymember Cindy Montañez (AB 389) with co-author Senator Sher and Cedillo as principal co-author. Many provisions in the brownfields act were included in early versions of SB 493, a comparable bill Cedillo worked on in collaboration with CRA and Cal/EPA. The two bills were later combined under AB 389, with substantial amendments to include Cedillo's proposals.

"I am pleased to once again work with my colleagues to permanently extend the Land Reuse and Revitalization Act. The brownfields act reduces blight and urban sprawl, and revitalizes decaying inner city properties," said Cedillo.

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