SACRAMENTO >> In a supercharged year marked by hard-fought victories on affordable-housing and climate change, California lawmakers pushed through a passel of legislation to thwart initiatives from the Trump administration — but also discovered that even their popular resistance has limits.
Democratic legislators pushed through a bevy of bills aimed at shielding undocumented immigrants from deportation while they’re at work, at school or even in police custody, and the anti-Trump “resistance” sent Gov. Jerry Brown bills to protect climate data from federal censorship, guard against a Muslim registry and block future presidential candidates from the California primary ballot unless they release their tax returns — a direct swipe at the president, who broke with tradition by keeping his secret.
Assemblymen Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, left, and Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, seated, watch as the votes are posted for one of the bills in a housing package to address California’s affordable housing shortage, before the Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The California Assembly has approved a multi-bill package to address the state’s affordable housing crunch. Six bills aimed at addressing the crisis cleared the Assembly late Thursday after months of negotiations and cajoling. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, flanked by Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, left, goes to hug Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, for his vote for the “sanctuary state” bill she carried in the Assembly Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Assembly approved the bill, SB54, by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, that would limit police cooperation with federal immigration authorities. It now goes to the Senate for final approval.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
State Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, receives congratulations from Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, after her housing measure was approved by the state Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The California Assembly has approved a multi-bill package to address the state’s affordable housing crunch. The bills all need Senate approval on Friday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose, rubs his eyes as lawmakers work late into the night on the final day of this year’s legislative session Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)