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Daily Action: Preserve CA's Environment, Even As Trump Trashes America's


CONTACT:
Sen. Henry Stern:

(916) 651-4027 (Sacramento)
(818) 876-3352
(805) 815-3917 (Calabasas)
Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson:
(916) 651-4019 (Sacramento)
(805) 965-0862 (Santa Barbara)
(805) 988-1940 (Oxnard)
Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin: 
(916) 319-2044 (Sacramento)
(805) 482-1904 (Camarillo)
(805) 483-4488 (Oxnard)
Assemblymember Richard Bloom:
(916) 319-2050 (Sacramento)
(310) 450-0041 (Santa Monica)
Assemblymember Dante Acosta:
(916) 319-2038 (Sacramento)
(661) 286-1565 (Santa Clarita)

Short Script:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Senator/Assemblyperson ___________'s in ____________, California. I'm calling to urge her/him to support the Senate bills packaged as "Preserve California": SB 49, the California Environmental Defense Act; SB 50, the Public Lands Protection Act, and SB 51, the Whistleblower and Public Data Protection Act. California must fight back against the Trump administration's dangerous rollbacks in federal environmental regulations and public health protections. We need to strengthen – not recklessly undermine – our environmental, public health and worker safety protections here in California, even if Trump will not. Thank you!

BACKGROUND
A package of legislation known as Preserve California was unveiled last week by state Senators including Kevin de Leon (who represents Los Angeles), Henry Stern (the Conejo and San Fernando valleys) and Hannah-Beth Jackson (Ventura and Santa Barbara). These bills would insulate the state from the Trump administration's rollbacks of federal protections for the environment and public health. The measures also would protect federal lands within the state from sale to private developers for the purpose of resource extraction; ensure that federal employees are not penalized under California law for whistleblowing; and shield public information and data resources from federal censorship or destruction.

SB 49, the California Environmental Defense Act, makes current federal clean air, climate, clean water, worker safety, and endangered species standards enforceable under state law, even if the federal government rolls back and weakens those standards.

SB 50, the Public Lands Protection Act, discourages conveyances of federal lands to private developers for resource extraction. It directs the state Lands Commission, which oversees most of the federal lands in the state, to establish a right of first refusal by the state of any federal lands proposed for sale or conveyance to other parties.

SB 51, the Whistleblower and Public Data Protection Act, would ensure that federal employees such as attorneys, engineers and scientists will not lose state licensure for revealing violations of law, unethical actions, or dangers to public health and safety. It also would direct state environmental and public health agencies to protect any information or data under state law, even if parties in Washington DC order their censorship or destruction.