California Attorney General Updates

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August 17, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today applauded U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg's decision to deny the Trump Administration's motion to dismiss California's lawsuit to keep a citizenship question off of the 2020 Census. "Tonight's ruling grants us discovery to understand the decision-making behind the Administration's effort to disrupt an accurate Census count and most importantly, for our case to fully move forward,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Our communities in California depend on the Census to determine critical services for our schools, disaster relief, public health and safety and we're encouraged by today's decision." On [...]
Sat, Aug 18, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
August 17, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – Joining a coalition of 14 Attorneys General, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed his strong opposition to a proposed regulation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which would restrict EPA's access to critical scientific data. EPA regularly utilizes scientific studies that rely upon private health data, a common and accepted scientific practice that protects individuals' sensitive and personal information. For years, climate change deniers and fossil fuel industry lobbyists have fought to ban EPA from considering science which employs this mainstream practice. The Trump Administration is now proposing to take up [...]
Fri, Aug 17, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
August 16, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today helped secure a victory in the California Supreme Court in Bianka M. v. Superior Court. The lawsuit involved the procedures that children who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected by a parent must go through to become eligible to apply for “Special Immigrant Juvenile” visas. This visa enables the children to apply for permanent residency in the United States. Today's ruling removes a significant hurdle for many of those seeking to obtain that status. “We should do everything in our power to help children who have suffered [...]
Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
August 13, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Controller Betty Yee today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar opposing the Trump Administration's proposed rule that seeks to undermine California's 550,000 homecare workers and the more than half a million people with disabilities they care for through the State's In-Home Supportive Services program. In the State of California, these workers have the right to collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, and training. The proposed rule seeks to make it harder for homecare workers to stand up [...]
Mon, Aug 13, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
August 10, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued a consumer alert following the Governor's declaration of a state of emergency in Orange and Riverside Counties due to the effects of the Holy Fire. Attorney General Becerra reminds all Californians that price gouging during a state of emergency is illegal under Penal Code Section 396. “In times of crisis, the overwhelming majority of Californians do what is right: we come together and help one another. Unfortunately, that's not always the case,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Our State's price gouging law protects people impacted by an emergency [...]
Sat, Aug 11, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
August 10, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today denounced the Trump Administration's new proposed Gainful Employment Rule, which would weaken existing protections for students. In 2015, the Obama Administration issued the original Gainful Employment Rule, which required that educational programs at for-profit colleges produce graduates who earn enough to pay back the debt incurred from attending the program. The Trump Administration is now proposing a watered-down version of the Rule. “Under the Trump Administration, it is clear who's the winner between unscrupulous for-profit schools and students,” said Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “President Trump has taken the [...]
Fri, Aug 10, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
August 10, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today led a coalition of states opposing Bayer AG's $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto Company, a deal that will make Bayer the largest seed company in the world. On May 29, the U.S. Department of Justice cleared the purchase. In a comment letter sent to the U.S. Department of Justice, the coalition of states expresses urgent concern over the concentration of the seed market. They argue that any harm to competition caused by this merger will “affect every consumer's food choices and budget.” Public comment remains open for [...]
Fri, Aug 10, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
August 10, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined a coalition of 20 Attorneys General in filing a motion for a preliminary injunction to continue blocking the Trump Administration's inexplicable action making blueprints available on the internet for untraceable (so-called “ghost”) guns that can be manufactured on a 3D printer. Attorney General Becerra also joined a letter expressing grave concerns about the U.S. Department of State's failure to enforce federal law to keep untraceable firearms out of the hands of terrorists, criminals, and others seeking to do harm. “The federal government needs to do their [...]
Fri, Aug 10, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
August 8, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govLOS ANGELES — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer (City Attorney), and the County of Los Angeles (County) today announced a $119.5 million settlement with the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) over the unprecedented natural gas leak from a ruptured well at its Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility in Porter Ranch, California. Discovered on October 23, 2015, the leak caused natural gas to flow into the air for several months, releasing up to 109,000 metric tons of methane into the environment [...]
Wed, Aug 08, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
August 8, 2018Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govBecerra requests the disclosure of records regarding Administration's foreknowledge of adverse health impacts to children before implementation of “zero tolerance” family separation policy SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) seeking information about the Trump Administration's enactment of the “zero tolerance” border policy separating children from their families. Last week in a Congressional hearing it came to light that Administration officials were made aware—in [...]
Wed, Aug 08, 2018
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY