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U.S. sues California over law trying to curb federal land sales

From Reuters - April 2, 2018

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department sued California over a state law that aims to stop the Trump administration from selling or transferring federal lands to private corporations, hitting the state with yet another legal challenge.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court on Monday in Sacramento, the state capital, comes less than a month after the Justice Department brought a legal action targeting three California laws largely aimed at protecting illegal immigrants from deportation.

California has once again passed an extreme statute found in no other state to obstruct the federal government, this time by interfering with the conveyance of federal land, the Justice Departments acting No. 3 official, Jesse Panuccio, told reporters.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement that his office is prepared to protect the states resources.

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

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