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Health and Safety Code sections relating to redevelopment were affected in 2006 following legislative approval of Senate Bill 1206.  (See Exhibit #1l)  This bill was introduced on January 26, 2006 by Senator Christine Kehoe, serving as chair of the Senate Local Government Committee at this time following joint committee hearings on this topic held in the summer and fall of 2005.  (See Exhibits #1a and #3, page 1; see also Exhibits #18, #19 and #20) 


Senate Bill 1206 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Local Government, the Senate Committee on Judiciary and the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development, and the Assembly Committee on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibits #3, #5, #10 and #12)  The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.  (See Exhibits #2 and #14)  Ten amendments were made to Senate Bill 1206.  (See Exhibits #1b through #1k and #2)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 1206 on September 29, 2006, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State as Chapter 595 of the Statutes of 2006.  (See Exhibits #1l and #2)


The Unfinished Business analysis of Senate Bill 1206 as last amended that was produced by the Office of Senate Floor Analyses described this measure as follows:


DIGEST:  This bill amends statutory elements necessary to establish that land is “blighted” for the purpose of redevelopment:  (1) narrowing the descriptions of conditions underlying blight; (2) using a performance standard to justify a finding of blight; and (3) deleting antiquated subdivision conditions as conditions that establish blight, absent a showing that land is also predominantly urbanized and economically blighted.


Assembly Amendments:  (1) remove the requirement that officials must compare a proposed redevelopment project area to the rest of the city or county, (2) remove the requirement that officials apply a “clear and convincing” test when adopting redevelopment plans, (3) remove the time limits on establishing debt in older redevelopment project areas, (4) add the fiscal oversight duties for the Department of Finance, (5) revise the statutory “blight” definition, and (6) Make other clarifying changes.[]

(See Exhibit #16c, page 2)