Skip to comments.13 states launch new legal challenge to California egg law
Posted on 12/04/2017 4:42:48 PM PST by Mariner
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.
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And they are free to sell their eggs in any state except CA.
Unless they comply with CA law on how to raise chickens.
CA compels nobody outside the state to behave in any particular way.
I don't see the issue.
However,it'll be fun to watch the price of eggs skyrocket in California....couldn't happen to a nicer state!
Create an egg shortage - see how long it takes their citizens to cackle.
I prefer to give an inch or two on this. Lowering the level of suffering is a win win.
The key is whether it is preempted by federal statutory law. Clearly the feds have the power to regulate the egg trade under the interstate commerce clause. If they want to prohibit CA from doing this they can. But the question is whether they have already done so. I don’t think the CA law by itself violates the commerce clause. It doesn’t have anything to do with which state the eggs originate in.
Hopefully Fagofornia will lose and have to pay the entire amount in damages.
>>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.
Cal passed a law supporting my ex-wife??????
This was settled by Wickard. Not sure SCOTUS will open that can of worms.
Eggs are very healthy. I remember when the health Nazis told us that eggs were bad and that we should buy something called “egg-beaters” which is basically synthetic egg whites. The same jerks told us that we should eat margarine over butter.
Understood. I’ve seen ‘egg factories’ and they’re nothing but criminal, however, I have seen huge indoor chicken pens where they do walk around and somehow know where to go to lay. OTOH, is CA going to go out to the hundreds of farms with badges that say “Chicken Inspector”?
“Hopefully Fagofornia will lose and have to pay the entire amount in damages.”
Was that a comment and opinion on the law, or on the homos here?
[ More than a dozen states ]
I’m just happy that the words “eggs” and “dozen” appear in the same sentence!!
Same thing with lard. Made everything from chicken to pies delicious. Nobody got fat then from eating it.
If you want to sell eggs in CA, you have to submit to an inspection.
They likely contract that out to a private company for out of state eggs.
“However,it’ll be fun to watch the price of eggs skyrocket in California....couldn’t happen to a nicer state!”
Too late. That happened when the Cali law requiring chicken condos first passed.
Veg oil, especially polyunsaturated, is a huge hazard to our health. Coconut oil is ok, but it leaves such a sweet tyaste in everything.
Beef tallow is the healthiest.
“Eggs are very healthy”
You can live a healthy life on eggs, beans and whatever weeds you pick out back.
I gave up on “experts” years ago. They just want to be heard and quoted.
There have been a handful of pretty good positive things that have cropped up — Apple Cider Vinegar as an astringent which works as an an anti-Rosacea treatment has worked well for me. A glass of wine nightly as anti-oxidant life extender. Perfect as I won’t be able to tell you until I die (at 109?).
But when experts say DON’T on anything or BUY THIS! (remember the oat ran craze?) just step over them like the scientific Bowery bums they are.
I’m getting eggs for $.79/dz. I’m not complaining.
Califorkinia chicken inspectors
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