The measure requires stores in certain communities or those that receive public subsidies to pay for an economic impact report before construction begins.
Democratic Assemblyman Roger Hernandez authored the measure.
“This bill will provide local governments with the proper information they need to make an informed decision that protects the integrity of our tax dollars,” he says.
But Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly says supporters of the Assembly bill have an ulterior motive.
“AB 667 is nothing more than a poison pill to eliminate Walmarts and Costco’s and big box stores that might want them,” he says.
The bill passed out of the Assembly on a 42 to 30 vote. It now moves to the Senate.
Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill in 2011.