UPDATE 10:04 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 - Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Oct. 11 he had signed AB 430 titled "Housing development: Camp Fire Housing Assistance Act of 2019".
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - AB 430 was approved with bi-partisan support by the California State Senate on September 3.
The Camp Fire Housing Assistance Act of 2019, authored by Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City), will help quicken home construction in the region by streamlining environmental regulations that can often delay or stop housing developments.
“I want to thank my North State colleagues Senator Nielsen and Senator Dahle for speaking so passionately in support of this legislation on the Senate floor today,” said Gallagher. “I also want to thank my colleagues across the aisle for their continued support of AB 430 and all of our efforts to help the region recover from this awful disaster.”
“The Legislature overwhelmingly continues to support Paradise and Butte County comeback from a devastating tragedy. It is disheartening to see a special interest group, along with one local individual, oppose people’s earnest efforts to rebuild their lives," said Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who helped write AB 430 with Gallagher.
Specifically, AB 430 allows for the housing projects that meet specified criteria to use a faster review process, including exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act.
“I’m encouraged by the passage of this legislation, which allows victims of California wildfires to rebuild their lives without being hindered by unnecessary regulations as they rebuild their homes,” said Senator Brian Dahle (R-Bieber). “The Governor saw the devastation firsthand, and it is my hope that he signs the bill so Camp Fire victims can be whole again.”
Due to the measure being amended in the Senate, AB 430 must go back to the State Assembly for a final vote before going to Governor Newsom's desk.
Governor Newsom recently signaled support while visiting Paradise in August.
AB 430 passed with 31 Senators supporting the measure and one opposed.