US Sues California Over Law Interfering With Federal Land Sale

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It gave state officials the right to purchase any federal land in California before the US government sells it.

Sessions issued a second statement late Monday afternoon saying that he regrets "the need to file another lawsuit against the state of California" but he was forced to because California believes it's "above the law" and is passing unconstitutional laws that interfere with the federal government's ability to do its job and filing lawsuits that won't stand up in court but delay administration's policies.

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 law, known as SB 50, purports to prevent county and state employees from recording the transfers of deed of federal public land unless a California commission is given a "right of first refusal" to arrange the transfer to its own chosen entity, presumably the state itself. Examples include conveyance of land to Native Americans, a proposed veteran housing project and other military projects.

"The Justice Department shouldn't have to spend valuable time and resources to file this suit today, but we have a duty to defend the rightful prerogatives of the USA military, the Interior Department, and other federal agencies to buy, sell, exchange or donate federal properties in a lawful manner in the national interest". We are confident that we will prevail in this case-because the facts are on our side.

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California would be ready to file a lawsuit if needed to protect its greenhouse gas emission standards, according to Becerra.

Known as SB 50, the law also seeks to penalize with fines up to $5,000 any person who knowingly files real estate records relating to a federal land transfer unless the California government certifies that the transfer complies with state law.

"Government-by-litigation isn't what the American people voted for and attempting to thwart an administration's elected agenda through endless, meritless lawsuits is a risky precedent", Sessions said.

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, a member of the Lands Commission says the President is attacking the States way of life.

Meanwhile, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, took aim at plans announced by the Environmental Protection Agency to cut fuel-efficiency regulations for cars and light trucks.

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"#California's public lands should not be on the auction block to the highest bidder!"

"California is right to be anxious that the Trump administration may try to dispose of public land".

"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 move escalates the war between California and the Trump administration. Asking about citizenship, the lawsuit said, "will fatally undermine the accuracy of the population count".

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