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LATEST: Bill to block Trump environmental changes passes

Posted at 11:15 AM, Sep 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-14 14:15:48-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on action on the final day of the California Legislature (all times local):

1:50 a.m.

California lawmakers have passed a bill aimed at blocking the Trump administration's efforts to weaken environmental laws.

The state Senate voted 26-14 early Saturday to send the bill to the governor's desk. The proposal would make it easier for state agencies to issue emergency regulations to counter the Trump administration's efforts to weaken federal environmental laws.

Critics say the bill will harm the state's complex delivery system of water for drinking and irrigation. But supporters say the rules are needed to curb President Donald Trump's executive actions that would harm endangered species.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has 30 days to decide whether to veto the bill, sign it into law or allow it to become law without his signature.