On Wednesday, April 04, 2018, the U.S Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against California challenging a law that provides the state with the power to purchase federal lands or to designate a specific buyer. Lawmakers who passed the law reasoned that it is needed due to the 46 million acres of federal lands in California, arguing that the Trump administration may use those lands for more logging, oil drilling, or development.
The lawsuit was filed in the Sacramento federal court, with the Justice Department’s argument that California does not have the authority to interfere with federal land sales.
Trump administration sues California over sales of US land, SF Gate (April 02, 2018)
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