The state Senate approved a resolution on Thursday praising
The resolution, SR 37, says the state's leaders should "consider the implications of the papal encyclical and climate change in their policy and fiscal actions to prevent further environmental degradation."
The pope is reminding politicians that "we have a moral obligation to do much more" to protect the environment and help the poor, said Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles).
It passed with near-unanimous support, but not before some debate over the proper relationship between secular lawmaking and religious guidance.
De León batted down those concerns.
"Of course we, as a Legislature, don't defer any authority to the Holy See," he said.