Two Southern California lawmakers joined a San Diego assemblywoman Thursday in introducing a bill that would counter a recent Bolsa Chica court ruling that has had a chilling effect on coastal development projects.
Assembly members Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Thomas Calderon (D-Montebello) joined Denise Ducheny (D-San Diego) in backing the bill, Ducheny aides said.
The wording of the legislation introduced Thursday was unavailable.
A draft released last week, which outraged environmentalists, would amend the state's landmark 1972 Coastal Act and allow builders to destroy degraded wetlands and other sensitive habitats if superior habitats are created elsewhere as compensation.
The law also would change the definition of wetlands in a way environmentalists say would eliminate most current Southern California wetlands from protection.