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Lead Author: Kalra

Summary: In 2017, Trump’s Interior Department issued memos saying it no longer interpreted accidental harm done to migratory birds as criminal — only intentional harm. This constitutes a rollback of statutes that have allowed the collection of damages from environmental tragedies like the Exxon Valdez oil spill. AB454 retains the old protections and closes loopholes where California law defers to the federal laws that have been weakened by Trump’s administration.  This bill passed and was signed into law.