Sacramento-based Planning and Conservation League filed a lawsuit in the California Superior Court in Alameda County April 23 challenging legislation (A.B 900) enacted last year allowing some legal challenges filed under the California Environmental Quality Act to bypass trial court and go directly to a state court of appeal. The league contends that the measure violates the state constitution’s separation of powers clause. The law gives the governor the authority to certify certain environmentally friendly projects statewide for the expedited judicial review process and other streamlining benefits contained in the law.