Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that his office will fight California’s attempt to impose job-killing regulations on Missouri, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Hawley asked the Court to hear argument in the State of Missouri’s challenge to a California law that imposes onerous new regulations on Missouri poultry farmers and would drive the costs of eggs up for Missouri families.
“Make no mistake, this is an attempt by big-government liberals to impose job-killing regulation on Missouri. These regulations are unconstitutional. They will cost Missouri farmers tens of millions of dollars. They will cost Missouri families. And they will cost our state jobs.”
The state of Missouri is joined in the appeal by five other states, Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. The California law Missouri is challenging would require Missouri egg producers to comply with California’s farming regulations in order to sell eggs in California. The suit, first filed in 2014, claims that California’s out-of-state regulations violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Supreme Court, which gives Congress exclusive authority to regulate commerce among and between the states.
In 2016, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Missouri and the other plaintiff states lacked standing to pursue their claims. Missouri argues in Wednesday filings at the Supreme Court that the Constitution gives states the right to defend their citizens against out-of-state regulation.
Missouri Farm Bureau President, Blake Hurst, applauded Attorney General Hawley for his commitment to protect Missouri agricultural interests. “This is a vital issue for Missouri farmers,” Hurst said. “If other states can tell Missouri how to farm, we will be in a world of hurt. I applaud the Attorney General for standing up for Missouri’s farm families all the way to the United States Supreme Court.”
Hawley is the counsel of record for the case.