California: Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill Easing Permits on Cell Phone Towers (Sb649)


This Bill was brought up and Not Supported by the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC). 

Gov. Jerry Brown late Sunday vetoed a bill backed by the cell phone industry that would have made it easier to install microwave radiation antennas.

Senate Bill 649, authored by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego and co-authored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, proposed to scale back the permitting process for antennas and other equipment in an effort to meet demand for wireless services.

In a signing statement, Brown wrote that while he saw the value in “extending this nnovative technology rapidly and efficiently,” the bill took too much control away from cities and counties.

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