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Assembly approves special treatment for L.A. stadium

September 7, 2011 |  5:01 pm

The state Assembly on Wednesday approved legislation to smooth the way for construction of a $1.2-billion football stadium in downtown Los Angeles after Democratic leaders promised it would provide thousands of jobs for an economically distressed city and would set new standards for reducing traffic and air pollution. 

Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles), a coauthor of the special bill, said the project by Anschutz Entertainment Group would comply with the state’s tough environmental laws even as it provides court review of any lawsuits challenging the 72,000-seat stadium project in a "timely manner." 

"Farmers Field will be the most far-reaching and environmentally friendly stadium in the United States," Pérez told his colleagues.

Details on LA NOW

-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento