California lawmakers have launched their first pre-emptive strike to resist potential future actions from the Trump administration to reverse existing environmental protection policies.  On February 23, 2017, state senators introduced three bills to roll federal environmental protections into California law. The aggressive legislative proposals come less than a week after Scott Pruitt was sworn in as the new Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) following a contentious confirmation process. Under Mr. Pruitt’s direction, the EPA is expected to reverse several environmental policy initiatives from the Obama administration, including regulations related to clean air, water, and climate change.

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