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Louisiana Joins Fights to End California’s Restrictive Farming Regulations
12/14/2017

AG Jeff Landry Defending Louisiana from Unconstitutional Overreach

BATON ROUGE, LA – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has joined the legal challenge against California’s attempt to impose burdensome agricultural regulations on other states.

Louisiana and twelve other states have filed a motion at the Supreme Court of the United States to challenge a California law, which went into effect in 2015, requiring eggs comply with California’s onerous cage-system regulations. 

“California’s regulations not only violate the Egg Products Inspection Act and the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, but they also impose economic harm to farmers” said General Landry. “Additionally, they have cost consumers nationwide up to $350 million.”

Joining General Landry in this petition are the Attorneys General from Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

“I am proud to stand with our bipartisan coalition in fighting for farmers, consumers, and the rule of law,” added General Landry. “I hope the Supreme Court takes up our case directly and promptly.”

“This is a state’s rights issue,” said Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “One state should not dictate the policies of Louisiana's agricultural production through the imposition of unnecessary regulation and additional import requirements.” 

“These types of regulations limit the farmer’s ability to provide a product to the consumer,” added Commissioner Strain. “If other states follow suit, it would severely restrict the movement of food products across state lines as each state could set parameters for production according to individual preferences.”

In 2016, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that six plaintiff states lacked standing to pursue similar claims. This new filing however answers this by providing a careful economic analysis that establishes the impact of these burdensome regulations.

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