Trump And California Escalate Legal Battles, Twitter War

Trump admin sues California over state bill on land rights

Trump admin sues California over state bill on land rights

The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday sued California over a law that aims to give the state power to override the sale of federal lands, the latest battle between President Donald Trump and the nation's most populous state.

The federal lawsuit comes less than a month after Sessions visited Sacramento to announce he was suing California over laws that restrict cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Lawmakers who passed the law past 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.

"Whatever the motivation, I suspect that Attorney General Xavier Becerra will have something to say about state prerogatives that attach should the feds renege on their promises", said Hayes, who directs the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, a group that assists attorneys general on environmental litigation. "Our public lands should not be on the auction block to the highest bidder", he said. "We're prepared, as always, to do what it takes to protect our people, our resources and our values". The State Lands Commission has requested information about a planned property sale in Santa Barbara County to decide whether to buy first, according to the lawsuit.

Sessions issued a second statement late Monday afternoon saying that he regrets "the need to file another lawsuit against the state of California" but he was forced to because California believes it's "above the law" and is passing unconstitutional laws that interfere with the federal government's ability to do its job and filing lawsuits that won't stand up in court but delay administration's policies.

Monday's legal salvos were the latest in a series of showdowns over numerous US initiatives, particularly on immigration and the environment, that clash with California's more liberal policies.

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But Acting Deputy Attorney General Jesse Panuccio told reporters Monday, the law is "another example of California avoiding federal law, and no state legislature can, statute by statute, undermine the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution". The law was meant to preempt the Trump administration from possibly selling land state leaders felt worthy of conservation, such as national parks or monuments, though some officials warned from the start it might face legal challenges. Rather than directly assert any power over the federal government, it denies title recording to the private buyer who owns land - after the sale - as a private California citizen.

Deed recording is governed by state laws so California officials contend the legislation does not violate the Supremacy Clause. Becerra also has responded to the administration's push to permit oil drilling off California's coasts.

The move escalates the war between California and the Trump administration. This weekend, we noted that the EPA was looking to reverse directions Obama-era fuel economy standards for cars. "Jerry Brown (D) for pardoning five ex-convicts facing deportation, writing on Twitter", Is this really what the great people of California want?"

Trump lambasted Brown, referring to him as "Gov".

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