Trump administration sues California over sales of U.S. land

Trump admin sues California over state bill on land rights

Trump admin sues California over state bill on land rights

- Seventeen states, the District of Columbia and six cities sued the US government Tuesday, saying a plan to add a citizenship demand to the census questionnaire is unconstitutional.

"I regret the need to file yet another lawsuit against the state of California today", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement on the filing of the suit.

California is admitted into the Union upon the express condition that the people of said State, through their legislature or otherwise, shall never interfere with the primary disposal of the public lands within its limits, and shall pass no law and do no act whereby the title of the United States to, and right to dispose of, the same shall be impaired or questioned.

The Justice Department argues SB 50 violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which states federal law "shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby".

The California law as it is, gives the state the first right to purchase federal lands or to arrange for a specific buyer. Most of those acres are in the western U.S. The federal government owns around 46 percent of the land in California.

California state Sen. Ben Allen, who authored the legislation, told The Washington Post the law was "very carefully crafted" and meant to ensure the state would have the chance to intervene if the federal government sought to sell land worthy of conservation.

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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.

"#California's lands should not be on the auction block to the highest bidder", Becerra tweeted.

"California is right to be anxious that the Trump administration may try to dispose of public land". Becerra also has responded to the administration's push to permit oil drilling off California's coasts.

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.

Sessions has also recently reversed Obama-era guidance when it comes to prosecuting federal laws making the use or sales of marijuana a crime even though state legislatures in California, Oregon, and Washington have legalized it. "Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown", highlighted that the crimes he pardoned included "kidnapping and robbery", "badly beating wife", and "dealing drugs".

The lawsuit said adding the citizenship demand to the 2020 census questionnaire was an arbitrary decision that will "fatally undermine the accuracy of the population count".

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