SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The leader of the California Senate says changes he is seeking to the state's environmental-protection law could help Sacramento's effort to keep its professional basketball team.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat who represents the state capital, released details Wednesday of proposed changes to the California Environmental Quality Law.

The revisions are part of a larger effort to overhaul the law and would streamline the legal process for challenges filed against urban redevelopment projects.

Sacramento has proposed building an arena on the site of its downtown mall to keep the Kings from relocating to Seattle.

Steinberg says setting statewide standards on noise and traffic issues could shorten any potential court battles involving the arena. His office sent a copy of the changes to the NBA Board of Governors.

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