California Legislature to Make Obama-Era Environmental Regs State Law

CA-legislatureThe Democrat-controlled California Legislature is moving to memorialize into state law all of former President Barack Obama’s environmental rules and regulations.

Democrats in the California State Assembly and Senate are proposing legislation that, if passed and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, would codify the federal air, water and endangered species standards at the end of President Obama’s administration into state law, according to a report by Politico.

Led by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and other Democrats in his caucus, the bills would require California regulators to maintain air and water pollution standards that are at least as stringent as federal law required when President Obama left office last month.

The legislation would not only require that California mandate protections for the 1,276 species currently on the U.S. Endangered Species Act list, but it would also extend state protections to “threatened” species, Politico explains.

The proposed California state legislation would also seek to interfere with the Trump administration’s plan for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to begin leasing some of the 15.2 million acres of federal lands in California to private developers for oil drilling, logging and other purposes. To further frustrate those leasing efforts, Democratic lawmakers are also expected to propose that the California State Lands Commission shall have the first right of first refusal for any BLM transactions in the state.

De León and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced in a joint statement on January 4 that the state legislature’s Democrats intended to litigate disputes with the incoming Trump administration by hiring former Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. as an outside legal counsel, according to NPR.

Governor Jerry Brown warned the incoming Republican administration, according to NPR, “We’ve got the scientists, we’ve got the lawyers, and we’re ready to fight. … We’re ready to defend. California is no stranger to this fight.”

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  1. THE CAPTIVE says

    Brown is the BHO -traitor and in reality —HE REALLY WANTS TO DESTROY CA! Tax and tax and regulate and NEVER SPEND OUR TAXES IN INFRASTRUCTURE ! BROWN HAS lost his mind and is making many more enemies . Then the next logical question is this. Who is paying the bROWN-THE-failure off? We know that BHO came out here with lots of money to pay Brown to insert the nazi-moslem Common Core into the state of insane education —and of course he took all that money and did just that. Then Brown blew it on his CHOO -choo failure train and other people’s pockets. No we will not see progress just MEGA FAILURE AS IT IS NOW!

  2. Yes, CA needs to ban coal-mining; and implement The Waters of the US rules so that they can regulate every little trickle of water in the state dedicating all of it to the preservation of the Delta Smelt.
    Oh, don’t forget to ban the transit of coal trains through the state bound for international shipment – if just one lump of coal falls off a train, millions will die from Black Lung or something ……get out that “pen & phone”.

  3. Unfortunately for Commissar Brown, we can leave and many of are looking hard for ways out, taking losses, but getting out of the Peoples Democratic Republic of California!

    Google “Two Minute Conservative” for more.

    • Oh I must have forgotten. It is PRES. jERRY bROWN SINCE he wants to rip CA . out of the Government we now have and make it a 3rd. World Country—-FOR SURE!

  4. Why don’t they just leave the USA and pay their own way?

  5. Dr Richard M says

    send baldy to gitmo and that deleon bat shit back to Mexico

  6. Three words…. Vote him out!

    • What difference would that make? CA is now a totally DEMOCRATIC state in that with this election process we now have, it will be a long time, if ever, before a Republican gets elected to any important position regardless of how bad off we are. CA is filled with idiots and morons with more than 2/3rds registered Dems.

      • Amen

      • Patton'sGhost says

        Sadly, I concur with you…To the point of leaving my home state for greener pastures for the last quarter of my career…
        It’s a nice place to visit, but to LIVE & be taxed by these idiotas???
        No way…

        • Patton'sGhost says

          DeLeon, Lara, Gonzalez & the other Hispanderers have an agenda…And I don’t fit their preferred demographic cohort, so it’s time to protect my assets by relocating…
          I can’t vote and win at the ballot box in California, but I CAN vote with my feet..
          One will be planted firmly on the gas pedal as I wave goodbye to the “Welcome to California” sign in the rear view mirror…

  7. This is the most rediculous thing yet. This calif govt is absolutely nuts

  8. Get rid of that De Leon nut and Moonbeam they are disastrous to the state, and an expense to the citizens that live here. California is so politically screwed up in every political aspect there is. This is a state that runs the people, they don’t work for the people they push their own agendas down everyone’s throat.

  9. 1) the term is democrat paty or [email protected] party. It is NOT democatic party

    2) I was born here but this is not my state any longer. These liberals and illegals have come here and stolen my home.

    I am trying to find a way to get out of here before my life is taxed out of existence.

  10. Gary Von Neida says

    Such hypocrisy; Hillary turns over 20% of America’s Uranium to Russia,
    Moon Beam builds an insanely over budget railway to nowhere all the while neglecting to take care of infrastructure in the State such as a Dam without concret on it’s spillway causing the release of precious water the Dam held——while California has been in a drought for several Years. In short the Citizens ( not referring to illegal aliens here as Their: rent, food, and healthcare are budgeted for?? ) , real Citizens are not being properly represented. Our representatives are either corrupt or plain stupid.

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