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CA: Schwarzenegger Tries to Amend Global Warming Law By Executive Order
Matt Singer on October 18, 2006 - 11:45am
In elementary school, most Americans learn about the three branches of government: the legislative branch writes the law, the executive branch enforces the law, and the judicial branch interprets the law. Complicated concept? Apparently -- it seems to have sailed right over the head of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. When Schwarzenegger reached a deal with Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez to cap global warming emissions, Progressive States was among those that applauded the deal. The problem is that the Governor is now trying to amend the bill passed by the California legislature after the fact -- a power that the Governor clearly does not have. Through an executive order, Schwarzenegger is making changes to the law, implementing the programs in ways the legislators specifically rejected during negotiations over the bill. Speaker Nuñez specifically says that the Executive Order grants far more authority to the executive branch than the legislature intended. The Governor signed the legislation and has crowed about his support for the progressive measure. He should now do his job and enforce it as it is written.