The leadership role embraced by California goes to the heart of what has long been a central part of its identity. For more than three decades, California has been at the vanguard of environmental policy, passing ambitious, first-in-the-nation measures on pollution control and conservation that have often served as models for national and even international environmental law.
Despite DHS chief John Kelly’s assurance that there will not be mass deportations, some state governments are being proactive. In California, which is home to 3 million undocumented immigrants, Democrats are pushing a bill to significantly restrict local law enforcement’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities, effectively creating the country’s first sanctuary state.
In immigrant-rich communities across America, there are more legitimate fears for the immigrants. Bills introduced this week in the California State Legislature confront them directly. One would create a program to finance legal services for immigrants fighting deportation. Another would provide training and advice on immigration law to public defenders’ offices. Come the purge — and Mr. Trump has said he is going after two million to three million people immediately — many will need lawyers.
SACRAMENTO- California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D- Los Angeles), Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, has announced the following Rules Committee Appointments:
Sweeping Measures Reform Regulations, Streamline Construction, and Increase Funding for Affordable Housing and Home Ownership Assistance
SACRAMENTO – On Thursday the California State Senate passed a package of consequential legislation aimed at alleviating the state’s growing housing crisis. The bills in all streamline regulations at the state and local level to speed up housing construction; create new funding for affordable housing; and increase access to housing for working Californians.
Urgent Call to Action after Trump Withdraws from Paris Accord
SACRAMENTO – Twenty-seven California State Senators sent a letter to Governor Brown following the Trump Administration’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D–Los Angeles) issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the historic 2015 Paris Agreement:
SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today passed Senate Bill 100 by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), which set California on a path to 100 percent clean renewable energy by the year 2045. The measure was approved on a 25-13 vote.
SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate recently voted SB 100, a bill that puts California on a path to 100 percent clean renewable energy by the year 2045.
Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Senators also discuss the passage of a package of bills called Preserve California, aimed at protecting the state’s environment, public lands, and scientific integrity.
SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate voted today to pass SB 100, a bill that puts California on a path to 100 percent clean renewable energy by the year 2045. Press availability to be held following the vote.
Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D – Los Angeles) and Senators will also address reports that President Trump plans to pull the United States out of the landmark Paris Climate Accord.