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States File Brief Challenging California Ag Regulations
USAgNet - 04/16/2018

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with 10 other state attorneys general, filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States challenging the state of California's persistent disregard for federal law.

The brief alleges that California continues to pass onerous regulations on agriculture and energy production that routinely flout the limits that federal law puts on the state's regulatory reach. As a result, agriculture producers nationwide face more and more closed markets and consumers nationwide suffer increasingly inflated prices. Without the Court's intervention, other States who have begun following California's lead and seek to regulate other States' economies in violation of federal law will be further emboldened.

"These regulations are unconstitutional and clear overreach by big-government proponents who want to control how other states choose to govern," Hawley said. "Fighting to protect the interests of Missouri's agriculture community is a priority--and my Office will continue taking this fight to the Supreme Court."

The state of Missouri leads this brief and is joined in the challenge by: Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.

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