Missouri joins amicus brief opposing California’s Prop 12
March 13, 2020 By Mark Dorenkamp Filed Under: Indiana, Livestock, Missouri, News
Missouri and 14 other states have announced an amicus brief in
the lawsuit filed by the National Pork Producers Council and American Farm
Bureau against California’s Proposition 12.
Amicus briefs are legal documents filed in appellate court cases by non-litigants with a strong interest in the case.
Prop 12, slated to go into law in 2021, requires
changes to sow housing from pork that comes from outside California.
Missouri attorney general Eric Schmitt says farmers
and ranchers shouldn’t be subjected to burdensome regulations just to do
business in California.
The brief is led by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, who argues the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause prohibits California’s attempt to supplant other states’ authority to adopt their own animal husbandry policies.
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