Central Valley State Senator Resigns

Published On : 2/22/2013 3:15 PM
By : Amy Quinton
From : CCN
Categories : State, Local

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Democratic state Senator Michael Rubio from the Central Valley has resigned unexpectedly today (Friday) to take a job with Chevron.

Rubio chaired the Environmental Quality Committee, and his resignation comes just as legislators are considering changes to the California Environmental Quality Act.

Rubio was pushing for an overhaul of CEQA, which governs most development projects in the state. Kathryn Phillips with the Sierra Club says he was not environmentalists’ first choice as chair of the committee.

“I think the proponents of tearing CEQA down will no longer have a very handsome telegenic champion in the legislature, that opens up the possibility of putting somebody in that seat who is more overtly interested in protecting the public from dirty air, dirty water.”

Rubio's resignation temporarily drops Democrats to 26 seats in the state Senate. That puts them below a two-thirds supermajority until special elections fill two vacancies this spring. Rubio said his Senate position kept him away from his wife and two daughters, one of whom has special needs.

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