US Justice Department Challenges Another California Law

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

"Once again, the California Legislature has enacted an extreme state law attempting to frustrate federal policy", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

"We are forced to spend our resources to bring these lawsuits against states like California that believe they are above the law and are passing facially unconstitutional laws specifically meant to interfere with the federal government's ability to carry out its legitimate law enforcement duties", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

"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.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY.

Deed recording is governed by state laws so California officials contend the legislation does not violate the Supremacy Clause.

It is the third time in almost as many weeks that either the Justice Department or California have announced lawsuits against one another.

The federal government owns about 640 million acres of land in the US (28 percent of all land).

In a statement, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) said he was "prepared, as always, to do what it takes to protect our people, our resources, and our values".

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. "Our public lands should not be on the auction block to the highest bidder", he said.

The complaint lists three examples of how the federal government planned to sell certain public lands in the state that could be prevented by the California law, including the Department of the Army's plans to sell to a developer about 78 acres of federal property in Alameda County for construction of facilities at Camp Parks, an Army military installation. We blaze trails, we innovate, and we engage in smart stewardship of our precious public lands. "There is no secession", Sessions said.

The administration in early March announced it would challenge the state's so-called sanctuary policies, restricting local law enforcement's communication with federal immigration authorities. I would invite any doubters to go to Gettysburg, or to the tombstones of John C. Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln.

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".

California leaders have bristled at the Justice Department's moves against their state. Brown for pardoning five illegal immigrants who are facing possible deportation.

The Justice Department is suing California over its attempt to block the sale of federal lands within the state's borders, CBS News' Paula Reid reports. Brown said the department's lawsuit over the state's sanctuary laws was "basically going to war against the state of California". Attorney General Jeff Sessions is putting this harebrained policy proposal to rest.

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