Senator Michael Rubio (D-Shafter) announced today that he is resigning from the California State Senate, effective today. Senator Rubio made headlines at the end of the 2012 legislative session when he introduced a bill to significantly reform the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). At that time, he agreed to work with Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) to develop a CEQA reform bill in the current legislative session. Now, on the last day to introduce new bills, Senator Rubio has resigned and a significant CEQA reform bill has yet to see the light. Without Senator Rubio leading the charge for CEQA reform, the effort may once again falter.