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Rutledge Fights to End California’s Restrictive Egg Regulations


December 4, 2017

Defending Arkansas from California’s over-regulation

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she has joined 11 other states in challenging in the U.S. Supreme Court California’s attempt to impose agricultural regulations on Arkansas egg producers.

Arkansas is challenging a California law requiring egg producers to comply with California’s farming regulations to sell eggs in California. The suit claims that California’s mandated cage sizes violates federal law prohibiting states from imposing their own standards on eggs produced in other states, and the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which give Congress exclusive authority to regulate commerce among and between states.

“Arkansans care deeply about the quality of the products they produce,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Congress has already set forth a national safe and reliable standard for egg producers. California is attempting to usurp those standards by creating new regulations and forcing them on other states. These standards are unnecessarily burdensome to farmers across the country.”

Arkansas is joined in the challenge by Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah and Wisconsin.

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