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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.

SF Chronicle -- Fearing Trump, California lawmakers move to safeguard environmental rules

February 23, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Concerned about threats by the Trump administration to weaken environmental and whistle-blower protection laws, California lawmakers introduced three bills Thursday to try to keep federal standards as they are — at least in this state.

Senate Democrats unveiled the bills a week after Scott Pruitt — a climate change skeptic — was sworn in to run the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Reuters -- California lawmakers release environmental bills in attempt to thwart Trump

February 23, 2017

Democratic state senators in California on Thursday unveiled a series of bills designed to freeze in place Obama administration-era environmental regulations in the event the Trump administration moves to weaken them.

The bills, collectively known as the "Preserve California" package, aim to make existing federal clean air, water, and endangered species laws enforceable under state law and protect federal lands in the state from being sold to oil companies.

DailyKos -- Salmon Fishermen Praise Introduction of California Environmental Defense Act:

February 23, 2017

Salmon fishermen joined environmentalists and other public trust advocates in praising the introduction of  SB 49, the California Environmental Defense Act, in the California State Senate on February 23.

The Senate leadership unveiled SB 49 as part of the Preserve California legislative package “to insulate the state from dangerous rollbacks in federal environmental regulations and public health protections” proposed by the Donald Trump administration and Congress.

Los Angeles Times -- Can California go its own way on federal environmental protections? These lawmakers want to try

February 23, 2017

California lawmakers want to build a regulatory wall around the state, opening a new front in their brewing war with President Trump as they try to prevent any rollbacks in federal rules from weakening environmental protections here.

Politico -- California moves to pre-empt Trump on environment, endangered species

February 23, 2017

Needling President Donald Trump and bracing for a rollback of Obama-era environmental protections, Democrats in the nation’s most populous state are launching a preemptive strike.

California lawmakers are expected Thursday to propose legislation to fold existing federal air, water and endangered species standards into state law, sources said, enshrining pre-Trump levels of protection in California regardless of any reversal at the federal level.

SacBee -- Lawmakers propose adopting federal environmental protections they fear Trump will drop

February 23, 2017

Fearing a federal rollback of longstanding protections for air quality, clean water, endangered species and workers’ rights, California Democrats are pursuing legislation that would cement those environmental and labor regulations in state law.

The trio of bills announced Thursday also seek to use state authority to block private development of federal lands in California and extend some safeguards to federal whistleblowers.

Los Angeles Times: Capitol Journal -- California is right to fight Trump. His idea of states' rights is clearly limited

January 23, 2017

President Donald Trump began his inaugural address with words that might have heartened nervous California Democrats. But then he warmed up and reverted to the familiar campaigner-in-chief.

Like many Republican leaders, Trump preached states’ rights — or seemed to.