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Senate leader pledges to maintain environmental advancements




SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 19: California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon (C) speaks as Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (L) and Sen. Bob Huff (R) (R-Diamond Bar) look on during a news conference to announce emergency drought legislation on March 19, 2015 in Sacramento, California. As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, California Gov. Jerry Brown joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen to announce emergency legislation that aims to assist local communities that are struggling with devastating drought. The $1 billion package is designed to expedite bond funding to help ensure that all Californians have access to local water supplies. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 19: California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon (C) speaks as Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (L) and Sen. Bob Huff (R) (R-Diamond Bar) look on during a news conference to announce emergency drought legislation on March 19, 2015 in Sacramento, California. As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, California Gov. Jerry Brown joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen to announce emergency legislation that aims to assist local communities that are struggling with devastating drought. The $1 billion package is designed to expedite bond funding to help ensure that all Californians have access to local water supplies. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The South Coast Air Quality board says it plans to introduce more industry-friendly pollution rules.

And one Senate leader has pledged to combat their intiatives.

State Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León says he will sponsor legislation to prevent a rollback of the environmental gains that California has made in recent years.

For more on this, Take Two's Alex Cohen spoke with Tony Barboza. He covers air quality and the environment for the Los Angeles Times.

To hear the full conversation, click the blue player above.