Western governors prepare for White House transition
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Governor Brown said he’s urging President Obama to order a permanent ban on new oil and gas drilling in the waters off the California Coast.
The governor made that request Tuesday as he met in Coronado with the governors of eight other western states.
Nine governors were in attendance at a winter meeting at the Hotel Del Coronado.
The emphasis was on working together as governors to forge a productive relationship with the incoming Trump Administration.
As the federal government begins the transfer of power from one leader to another, these governors said they will remain faithful to the principles of federalism.
But what does that mean?
It’s a keystone in our system of American government that insures "states are not merely regional representatives of the federal government, but are granted independent powers and responsibilities."
And in the view of these governors, that gives them the right to assert themselves even when their policies put them at odds with those of the federal government.
In California, where Democratic lawmakers are already moving to pass legislation that would protect undocumented immigrants from deportation, those steps might run counter to new immigration policies under a Trump Administration.
And in making marijuana legal in California, the state may also be clashing with the new attorney general. The President-Elect’s choice, Senator Jeff Sessions, is an avowed opponent of legalizing marijuana.
In health care, for example, states like California which run its health insurance care exchange with assistance from the federal government, may be forced to make changes.
Governor Brown said he’s confident that federal and state lawmakers can hammer out their differences.
And if the Affordable Care Act is altered or repealed, there may be consequences for hospitals and other health care industries in California.
In the meantime, Governor Brown is using these waning days of the Obama Administration to request a permanent ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in federal waters off the coast of California.
A temporary ban expires in 2022.
The nine western governors are expected to release a formal list of policy resolutions Wednesday, which is the final day of the meeting.