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Madison Record -- Preemptive strike legislation against Trump environmental policies migrating from California

June 21, 2017

 Legislation introduced that would require state agencies in Illinois to enforce environmental standards adopted under the Obama Administration, if those standards are rolled back under Trump is nearly identical to one advancing in the California legislature.

The Illinois bill, HB 1438, co-sponsored by Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Collinsville), is nearly identical to one that cleared the California Senate with a substantial majority in late May. California’s SB 49 could reach the floor in the Assembly by late September.

Los Angeles Times -- California's Clean Air Act waiver should be yanked, Trump's former environmental advisor says

June 20, 2017

The head of President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency may not be prepared to battle California over air regulations, but the man who led Trump's transition team for the department is ready.

Myron Ebell, who works at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington and helped devise Trump's environmental agenda, said California should not be allowed to set its own standards for greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes.

Los Angeles Times -- California's air quality waiver appears secure for now as Trump's EPA chief tells Congress it's not under review

June 15, 2017

California's unique authority to set tougher air quality standards than the federal government isn't being targeted right now, according to Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt. 

“Currently the waiver is not under review," Pruitt said Thursday.

The comment, made during a Capitol Hill hearing, could deescalate what appeared to be a brewing battle between California and President Trump's administration.

Courthouse News -- Calif. Senate Moves to Check Trump’s Environmental Plans

May 31, 2017

Citing fears the federal government may weaken environmental protections, the California state Senate on Tuesday passed a “Preserve California” package of bills.

The three bills keep in place President Barack Obama-era federal environmental regulations, discourage the sale of federal public land without the state’s permission and safeguard federal whistleblowers authorized to work in California. Los Angeles-area Democrats wrote all three bills, which were met by opposition from Republicans at every step.

Press Release -- Senate Approves ‘Preserve California’ Legislative package

May 30, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate voted today to approve the Preserve California legislative package, which insulates the state from dangerous rollbacks in federal environmental regulations and public health protections, shields public lands from exploitation, and protects whistleblowers and public scientific data.   

Mercury News: Editorial -- California must fight Trump on the environment

March 14, 2017

The Legislature should join with Gov. Jerry Brown to build a Green Wall around California.

It’s the only way to preserve the environmental protections Californians value as President Donald Trump sets about dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency.

A package of bills introduced by California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and three Southern California lawmakers would make the existing federal clean water, clean air and endangered species protections state law.

Sac Bee Editorial -- California is right not to let Trump wreck the environment

March 1, 2017

Clean air and water ought to be nonpartisan issues. Liberal or conservative, rich or poor, no living creature should have to worry that life’s essentials are unsafe.

Yet, disappointingly, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans seem bent on dismantling environmental protections, using jobs as a pretext. It’s a deeply misguided ideological stance with real public health implications.

Californians can, and should, push back.