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- California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Wednesday that he intends to open a satellite attorney general's office in Washington, D.C., as he prepares to fight the Trump administration.
- The results from California's latest cap-and-trade auction are in, and revenue from the sale of pollution credits was weak.
- A bill that would set up a state-funded legal aid system for immigrants will be amended by its author to allow those with criminal records to apply for assistance.
In a debate that both sides agreed was largely symbolic, the California Assembly on Monday ratified a resolution criticizing President Trump's contentious executive order imposing new limits on refugees and other immigrants.
"I believe that this executive order does not improve our national security, but actually weakens it," said Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), the resolution's author.
The non-binding proposal, approved on a 53-8 vote, urges Trump to rescind the Jan. 27 order barring people from seven nations from traveling to the United States. The order was subsequently blocked by federal judges .
Republicans who voted against the measure called it a distraction from the Legislature's pressing business, and insisted Trump's order did not amount to a ban on Muslims.
"This is a righteous executive order, it keeps us safe," said Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach).
Democrats, meanwhile, insisted that Trump's proposal undermined core American principles.
"This executive order tramples our values and makes us less safe," said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount).