States Sue Over California Egg Law

P. Scott Shearer, Vice President

March 17, 2014

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States Sue Over California Egg Law

Missouri Attorney General Chis Koster has been joined by five other state attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against California over its law requiring additional space for egg-laying hens. 

The law applies to all eggs sold in California including those produced within the state as well as eggs produced in other states but sold in California. 

Missouri’s argument is that the Constitution gives Congress the exclusive right to regulate interstate commerce. 


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The states joining Missouri in the lawsuit are Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. 

Koster said that 10 percent of the eggs sold in California come from the six states involved in the lawsuit. 

Efforts were made by Congressman Steve King (R-IA) to address this issue in the farm bill.


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About the Author(s)

P. Scott Shearer

Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

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