Trump administration sues California over federal land sales

US Justice Department to Sue California Over State's Right to Sell Lands

About 50 percent of California is public land.

"I regret the need to file yet another lawsuit against the state of California today", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement on the filing of the suit. "California was admitted to the Union upon the express condition that it would never interfere with the disposal of federal law". Attorney General Jeff Sessions is putting this harebrained policy proposal to rest.

Deed recording is governed by state laws so California officials contend the legislation does not violate the Supremacy Clause. "This time, by interfering with the conveyance of federal lands", he said. One of the concerns about the new proposals is compliance with California's more stringent standards, based on green justice "science".

"The Trump Administration's assault on clean auto standards risks our ability to protect our children's health, tackle climate change, and save hardworking Americans money", Becerra said in a statement.

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Monday's legal salvos were the latest in a series of showdowns over numerous US initiatives, particularly on immigration and the environment, that clash with California's more liberal policies.

The U.S. Justice Department is challenging the constitutionality of another California law just weeks after suing the state over its so-called sanctuary laws.

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.

Senior Justice officials were not shy about the targeting of California, saying during a briefing on the issue Monday their action was a "product of the extreme nature of laws that have been passed in California recently".

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Now President Trump is turning the tables on the Golden State #Resistance. The deed is how an owner can borrow money or get insurance for the land because it makes the sale public.

The federal government owns about 640 million acres of land in the USA (28 percent of all land). "Our public lands should not be on the auction block to the highest bidder", Becerra said. We blaze trails, we innovate, and we engage in smart stewardship of our precious public lands. "We are simply asking that before any sell-off occurs, the state be given an opportunity to preserve them. And that's not right".

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.

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 Gov. Jerry Brown called the move a "belated April Fools' Day trick". Without a recorded deed many banks will not lend money to buy or develop the property and a purchaser can not get title insurance, making a recorded deed much more valuable than an unrecorded deed. "And yet, once again, the California legislature has enacted an extreme state law attempting to frustrate federal policy". A person who does record a deed in violation of the law could be fined up to $5,000. And finally, because the requirement is merely a "right of first refusal", it should not directly affect the price at which the federal government can sell land.

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