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Gavin Newsom, California governor, to veto environmental bill


Added 09-15-19 08:22:02am EST - “California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he will buck Democratic legislative leaders by vetoing legislation aimed at stopping the Trump administration from weakening oversight of longstanding federal environmental laws in California.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “California Gov. Gavin Newsom to buck Democrats with environmental bill veto”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he will buck Democratic legislative leaders by vetoing legislation aimed at stopping the Trump administration from weakening oversight of longstanding federal environmental laws in California.

His announcement Saturday came less than a day after lawmakers approved the bill on the chaotic final day of the year’s legislative session.

Newsom said in a statement he fully supports the aims of the bill but argued it wouldn’t give California new authority to push back on the Trump administration. He also said it would stop California from relying on the best available science. His office further said he’s concerned about a piece of the bill that could require the state to rely on Endangered Species Act opinions written roughly a decade ago.

Despite his pledge to veto the bill, Newsom was quick to praise Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, the bill’s author and an important ally for the freshman governor.

“I look forward to my continued partnership with Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins - who is an extraordinary leader on the environment and for our state at large - to ensure California can continue to protect our environment and our workers against federal rollbacks, and push back against Trump’s anti-environment agenda,” he said in a statement.

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