The Trump administration is suing California over a law that aims to give the state power to override the sale of federal lands. 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. The auction of 1.7 acres owned by the U.S. Postal Service was suspended when nobody bid, and a developer looking to purchase property at the now-closed Naval Air Station Alameda has requested a delay, the lawsuit contends. 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.
The Justice Department cites the Constitution's supremacy clause, which gives federal laws priority over state ones, as the basis for its legal action.
"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.
Trump administration officials have said they're opposed to selling federal land to other interests, but senior Justice officials said the state initiative goes beyond selling land within public parks. "We're prepared, as always, to do what it takes to protect our people, our resources and our values". "California was admitted to the Union upon the express condition that it would never interfere with the disposal of federal land". Not having a deed of transfer recorded creates serious problems for a land owner.
"The Constitution empowers the federal government - not state legislatures - to decide when and how federal lands are sold", said Sessions.
A senior Justice Department official said Monday the refusal to record a deed versus actually blocking the sale from being completed is a "distinction without a difference". One of the concerns about the new proposals is compliance with California's more stringent standards, based on green justice "science".
California Gov. Jerry Brown called the move a "belated April Fools' Day trick". "We value our public lands, and it's an important part of being in California".
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Last fall, we featured California reporter Katy Grimes' book, California's War Against Trump, which chronicled the regulatory and legal volleys that the state's politicians has lobbed against President Trump since the day of his historic election.
The administration has for months taken an aggressive posture toward California.
Mr. Trump also blasted Mr.
Brown on Sunday also pardoned five illegal immigrants convicted of crimes who faced deportation, drawing a Twitter rebuke from Trump.
"Is this really what the great people of California want?" he asked. "@FoxNews", Mr. Trump tweeted Saturday.
Since 2017, California has filed 24 lawsuits over 17 different subject areas, according to a study by the Sacramento Bee. In numerous lawsuits, Mr. Becerra argues that California will suffer disproportionate harm if the policies are enacted.
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