US judge strikes down California land law in suit by Trump

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge has struck down a California law challenged by the Trump administration that aims to give the state power to override the sale of federal lands.

Judge William Shubb in Sacramento ruled Thursday that SB50 unconstitutionally regulates the U.S. government and discriminates against people seeking to buy federal public land.

The California attorney general’s office referred comment to the State Lands Commission. A message for a spokeswoman for the commission was not immediately returned.

State lawmakers who passed the law last year cited concerns that the Trump administration would allow more logging, oil drilling or development on some of the 46 million acres owned by the federal government in California.

The move prompted a lawsuit in April by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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