The move sets up a major court fight with the nation’s most populous state. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have vowed to adopt California’s stricter standards if they diverge from the federal government’s, as have several automakers.
In the two largest cities in California, the president said, people are living on the “best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings." His administration has quietly been eyeing sweeping unilateral action on homelessness.
Conservatives since the Reagan administration have been pushing for block grants, which would give states lump sums of money while freeing them from many of the rules for the health insurance program for the poor.
Among the banned items: baggy clothing (“pants must be worn at the waist”), hats worn backward or sideways, and work and construction boots. Choptank says it is just following the standard set by neighboring restaurants.