- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Democratic Los Angeles lawmaker is seeking to expand the panel that oversees development along California’s coastline and refocus it on affordable housing.

Assemblywoman Autumn Burke announced a bill Friday that would add three members to the California Coastal Commission.

The proposal calls for the governor, Assembly speaker and Senate president pro tem to each appoint one commissioner. The commissioners would represent and work with racially or culturally diverse, low-income communities.

AB2616 would also restore a policy directing the commission to provide and protect housing near the Pacific Ocean for people with low and moderate income.

Burke announced the proposal amid ongoing public debate over the coastal commission’s ties to the oil industry it is partly responsible for regulating.

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