Governor Gavin Newsom has vetoed Senate Bill 1 with the following message:
The bill would enact the California Enviornmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019 with the intent of ensuring that protections afforded under federal environmental and labor laws and regulations as of January 2017, could remain in place in the event of regulatory changes.
California is a leader in the fight for resource, environmental and worker protections. Since 2017, the federal government has repeatedly tried to override and invalidate these protections, and each time the state has aggressively countered – taking immediate legal action and deploying every tool at the state’s disposal to safeguard our natural resources, environmental protections and workers. No other state has fought harder to defeat Trump’s environmental policies, and that will continue to be the case.
While I disagree about the efficacy and necessity of Senate Bill 1, I look forward to working with the Legislature in our shared fight against the weakening of California’s environmental and worker protections.”
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