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GOP lawmakers threaten to withhold votes unless environmental rules are rewritten

Mar 16, 2011 12:15:40 AM- latimes.com
Five Republicans whose votes are crucial to passage of Gov. Brown's spending proposal demand sweeping changes in the California Environmental Quality Act. Environmentalists are outraged.

The handful of Republican lawmakers most likely to provide crucial votes for Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan are threatening to withhold their support without a dramatic rewriting of state environmental law.