September 21, 2010
Legislation expanding the California Coastal Commission’s enforcement authority has died in the state Senate. Assembly Bill 226 (Ruskin) would have allowed the Commission to impose its own civil penalties. Under current law, the Commission works through the California Attorney General, and can seek penalties and fines through the court system.
The bill failed on the Senate Floor after opposition from a number of trade organizations concerned over the expansion of the Commission’s enforcement authority, including the CLTA, CAR, and the CBIA.