Executive Order N-54-20: Extension of AB 52 Tribal Consultation Timelines

Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-54-20 to extend tribal consultation timelines under AB 52.

The Executive Order suspends the timeframes within which a California Native American tribe must request consultation and the lead agency must begin the consultation process for a period of 60 days, effective April 22, 2020, in consideration that tribal capacity to engage in or request consultation may be limited at this time.

In addition, the order will allow certain posting, filing and notice requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to be satisfied through electronic means to allow public access and involvement consistent with COVID-19 public health concerns.