Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

US Sues California Over Law Blocking Sale of Federal Land

US Sues California Over Law Blocking Sale of Federal Land

The California law, which gives the state the right of first refusal on sales of federal land, discourages transactions with private developers for resource extraction, the US says.

"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".

The California legislature concluded, however, that "this bill does not violate the property clause of the U.S. Constitution because it does not actually prohibit the federal government from conveying its property". The Supreme Clause puts federal law ahead of state law when there is a conflict and the Property Clause gives Congress the power to sell or transfer federal land. Examples include conveyance of land to Native Americans, a proposed veteran housing project and other military projects.

The United States Department of Justice filed the lawsuit Monday April 2nd. We are confident that we will prevail in this case-because the facts are on our side.

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. Last month, the Justice Department sued California over its sanctuary city policies for illegal immigrants.

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"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.

"The Public Lands Protection Act represents the will of the vast majority of Californians who believe public lands should remain in public hands", California state Sen.

The bill was designed in direct opposition to the Trump administration's policy approach to federal land and motivated by a fear of losing federally designated national parks and wilderness.

The Trump administration on Monday signaled that it will likely upend California's ability to impose stricter standards for vehicle emissions than the rest of the country. "Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown", highlighted that the crimes he pardoned included "kidnapping and robbery", "badly beating wife", and "dealing drugs". "@FoxNews", Mr. Trump tweeted Saturday. The lawsuits range from moves to crack down on illegal immigrants, replace Obamacare and roll back environmental regulations.

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