Trump Administration Files Another Lawsuit Against California
Trump Administration Files Another Lawsuit Against California
US Justice Department to Sue California Over State's Right to Sell Lands
05 April, 2018, 01:48
Last month, the Justice Department sued California over its sanctuary city policies for illegal immigrants. Lawmakers who passed the law previous year cited concerns that the Trump administration would allow more logging, oil drilling or development on some of the 46 million acres owned by the federal government in California. The law went into effect January 1.
In its complaint, the Justice Department contends that the law violates the U.S. Constitution's so-called Supremacy Clause and Property Clause.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra defended the state's restrictions on federal land sales.
"California was admitted to the Union upon the express condition that it would never interfere with the disposal of federal law".
"California has once again passed an extreme statute, found in no other state, to obstruct the federal government", Jesse Panuccio, the Justice Department's associate attorney general, telling reporters according to Reuters, "this time by interfering with the conveyance of federal land".
"Government-by-litigation isn't what the American people voted for and attempting to thwart an administration's elected agenda through endless, meritless lawsuits is a unsafe precedent", Sessions said.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is also a member of the Lands Commission and running for governor as well, also promised to fight the Trump administration.
Under the legislation, anyone knowingly recording a federal land transfer without certification from California's state government is subject to a $5,000 fine.
"Our public lands should not be on the auction block to the highest bidder", he said.
"We've got a different outlook here, and you know, look, I think that Jeff Sessions, of all people, should know the value of allowing states with different perspectives to do things the way they want to do things, within reason", Allen said.
"California is right to be anxious that the Trump administration may try to dispose of public land".
Environmentalists in the state are incensed over a previous presidential order directing the Bureau of Land Management to consider changes to protections for the state's deserts.
Becerra said California will rise to meet the DOJ challenge.
The move escalates the war between California and the Trump administration.
After weeks of speculation, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Monday confirmed that it would revoke Obama-era fuel-economy rules aimed at pressing automakers to manufacture cleaner cars and SUVs. Jerry Brown, and the California State Lands Commission as defendants.
"This cynical and meretricious abuse of power will poison our air and jeopardize the health of all Americans", he tweeted. Federal law gives the authority to federal agencies.
Mr. Trump also blasted Mr.
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