The auction of carbon allowances falls within the authority of the California Air Resources Board under the state's Assembly Bill 32, according to a tentative decision handed down by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley. The ruling was made in light of the lawsuits filed against cap-and-trade program, alleging that carbon auctions serve as a tax by raising revenue for the state. A final decision on the matter is expected within 90 days, according to officials from the attorney general's office.

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