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Missouri AG to challenge California egg bill again

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is pushing back against California’s egg bill again.  According to the Springfield News-Leader, Hawley is scheduled to announce a new lawsuit against California’s egg regulations during the Missouri Farm Bureau’s annual meeting today.

The suit is expected to ask the US Supreme Court to deem California’s egg regulations unconstitutional under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.  Hawley’s is also requesting the regulation to be deemed invalid because it contradicts standards set under the federal Egg Product Inspection Act.

Former Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster originally challenged the law in 2014 and in 2016 federal judges ruled that Missouri and five other states did not have legal standing.  Earlier this year Hawley asked the US Supreme Court to review the lower court’s decision and the request was denied.

In 2016 Missouri produced more than 3.2 billion eggs.

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