BILL NUMBER: AB 2565	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 5, 2010

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Ammiano

                        FEBRUARY 19, 2010

   An act to add Section 21092.7 to the Public Resources Code,
relating to the environment.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 2565, as amended, Ammiano. Environment: CEQA:  notices.
  lead agency: documents. 
   The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead
agency, as defined, to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify
the completion of, an environmental impact report (EIR) on a project
that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant
effect on the environment or to adopt a negative declaration if it
finds that the project will not have that effect. CEQA also requires
a lead agency to prepare a mitigated negative declaration for a
project that may have a significant effect on the environment if
revisions in the project would avoid or mitigate that effect and
there is no substantial evidence that the project, as revised, would
have a significant effect on the environment. CEQA requires the lead
agency to provide specified notices to a person who files a written
request for the notices. If a draft EIR is submitted to the State
Clearinghouse for review, CEQA requires the lead agency to provide a
sufficient number of copies of the document to the State
Clearinghouse for review and comment by state agencies.
    This bill would authorize the lead agency, in lieu of
providing an interested party and a public agency with a notice,
response, or document as required by CEQA, to notify the interested
party or public agency of the availability of the notice, response,
or document on the lead agency's Internet Web site.  The
bill would authorize the lead agency to post, maintain, and make
available on the lead agency's Internet Web site, any notices,
responses,  and   or other  documents that
are required to be made available to the public or to other public
agencies.  The bill would authorize the lead agency to also make
copies of these documents available to the public or to other public
agencies by digital copy, including, but not limited to, compact
disc, email attachment, or other digital transfers of documents and
would require the local agency to provide a copy of a CEQA document
if a member of the public or a public agency requests a copy. 
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 21092.7 is added to the Public Resources Code,
to read:
   21092.7.  (a) The lead agency may post, maintain, and make
available on the lead agency's Internet Web site, any notices,
responses,  and   or other  documents that
are required by this division to be made available to the public or
to other public agencies.  The lead agency may also make copies
of these documents available to the public or to other public
agencies by digital copy, including, but not limited to, compact
disc, email attachment, or other digital transfers of documents.
 
   (b) Notwithstanding other law, in lieu of providing an interested
party and a public agency with a notice, response, or document as
required by this division, the lead agency may notify the interested
party or public agency of the availability of the notice, response,
or document on the lead agency's Internet Web site.  
   (b) If a member of the public or a public agency requests a copy
of a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) document, the lead
agency shall provide a copy of the document.