A recent analysis concluded that numerous buildings in recent years were approved by local governments without considering their proximity to active faults. The state forbids construction of buildings on faults and requires developers to perform geological studies that would determine whether or not such buildings sit atop of or are near to faults. However, the state is also responsible for mapping out these faults so that developers and local governments can get prompt answers. Yet the state has underfunded this important endeavor, thanks to routine budget cuts that undermined what was once a steadfast effort to map such faults. State Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) called on the state to increase funds and accelerate the pace of fault mapping.