Center for Biological Diversity

Urgent: Act Today to Protect California's Premier Environmental Law

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The Republican leadership in the California legislature is once again holding the state budget hostage, demanding rollbacks to California's keystone environmental law, the California Environmental Quality Act. The governor and the Democratic leadership need to hear from you today that it's unacceptable for them to give away California's environmental and public-health protections.

Environmental rollbacks have no place in the debate over the state budget. We need your voice and action to help defend the rights of Californians and protect our environment.

Here's how you can help today:

1. Use the form below to send a message to California's Democratic leadership -- Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Darrell Steinberg, and Assembly Speaker John Pérez -- telling them to reject all Republican demands to roll back the California Environmental Quality Act or any public-health and environmental protections as part of the budget negotiations.

2. Call or fax the Democratic leadership to let them know you have a personal stake in California's public-health and environmental protections:

Governor Jerry Brown: phone (916) 445-2841, fax (916) 558-3160
Assembly Speaker John Pérez: phone (916) 319-2046, fax (916) 319-2146

Senate President Darrell Steinberg: phone (916) 651-4006, fax (916) 323-2263

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Please take action by March 31, 2011.

California landscape photo courtesy Flickr Commons/MiguelVieira.

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Background information: The California legislature can pass a state budget with a simple majority, but a two-thirds majority is needed to place a proposition on the state ballot. Because Governor Brown has promised to put any tax increases or extensions up for a general vote, two Republicans in each house must approve putting the tax proposal on the ballot. If California voters are not allowed to decide whether to accept the governor's tax proposal, then it becomes impossible to balance the budget without cutting another $13 billion, following $12 billion already cut this year.

However, Republican leadership has so far refused to allow the measure to go before voters. Therefore, the entire state budget is once again held up by the Republican leadership, who has made environmental and public health rollbacks their main demand.