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Wisconsin joins 12 others in legal challenge to California egg law

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Which came first...?


Wisconsin joins 12 others in legal challenge to California egg law
David Lieb
6:48 PM, Dec 4, 2017


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- More than a dozen states banded together Monday to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block a California law requiring any eggs sold there to come from hens that have space to stretch out in their cages.

In a lawsuit filed directly to the high court, the states allege that California's law has cost consumers nationwide up to $350 million annually because of higher egg prices since it took effect in 2015. The lawsuit argues that California's requirements violate the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause and are pre-empted by federal law.

A federal appeals court panel rejected similar claims last year in a separate case brought by six states, ruling that they failed to show California's law would affect more than just individual farmers. The latest lawsuit seeks to address that by citing an economic analysis of the California law. It also asks the Supreme Court to take up the case directly instead of requiring that it first move through the lower courts.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican who is running for U.S. Senate in 2018, is leading the lawsuit. Other plaintiff states are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. All have Republican attorneys general except Iowa, which has a Democrat.

The California attorney general's office said Monday that it was reviewing the lawsuit.

California produced about 5 billion eggs and imported an additional 4 billion from other states in 2012, according to the lawsuit. Thirty percent of those out-of-state eggs came from Iowa, the nation's top egg producer. About 13 percent of California's egg imports came from Missouri, the second highest percentage cited in the lawsuit.

The number of eggs produced in California dropped to 3.5 billion last year despite rising nationally, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Missouri's egg production was up 60 percent since 2012 to 3.2 billion last year.

Hawley asserted in a statement that California's egg law is "a clear attempt by big-government proponents to impose job-killing regulations" on other states.
 

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As I see it, California has the authority to restrict sales inside the state of eggs, depending on their production status. A sale inside the state is their business. But they have no authority to regulate sales crossing state lines. That is Federal business. A store in the state must follow state law, but a person buying from out of state is not subject to that law. My opinion is that packaging should give all relevant information for the product, and in this case, the care of the hen should be stated for the customer to see.
 

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Hopefully Josh Hawly will replace Clair McCaskill as a MO Senator next year when we boot her out .....the only way she got in last time was the libs primaried in a incompotent extremely flawed opponent for her
 

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Just stop sending eggs to commieland and watch the price go up to 5$ an egg.
 

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As I see it, California has the authority to restrict sales inside the state of eggs, depending on their production status. A sale inside the state is their business. But they have no authority to regulate sales crossing state lines. That is Federal business. A store in the state must follow state law, but a person buying from out of state is not subject to that law.
I agree... I think...
If a state and it's residents want to make a law requiring each chicken have it's own penthouse & Jacuzzi in order for that's chicken's eggs to be sold within the state, seems ok to me.
It gives MS13 a chance to diversify from the declining pot trade profit margin.
 

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More needless legislation from the moonbat lawmakers in Sacramento. I hope SCOTUS rules against them. :mad:

These days, the only laws we get from Sacramento are bad laws.
 

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I think factory farming is pretty horrible but until there are alternatives then this is what we have to do.
 

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All the other states could make a law that says all produce from commiefornia has to be planted, grown and harvested only by American citizens and must provide all documentation. For each use of illegal immigrants found in this production = a 1 million dollar fine to be disbursed to all chicken farmers impacted by the first law.
 

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All the other states could make a law that says all produce from commiefornia has to be planted, grown and harvested only by American citizens and must provide all documentation.
Great idea! If food were labeled to show illegal or not, I would pay more for legal.
 

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The Commerce Clause has been the justification for so much bad Federal law for decades.
Now, in a case that it actually applies to, it is ignored.
 

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I am going to write to the Governor of Kentucky. I will suggest that he implement a law mentioned here, forbidding the importation of fruits and vegetables from other states that are produced using illegal alien labor.
This will boost the local production of fruit and vegetables, and support a "living wage" for pickers.
What a great idea!