Republican governors tell Congress Prop 12 would “disrupt” pork industry

A coalition of Republican governors is asking Congressional leaders to reintroduce a bill that would prevent states from impeding interstate ag trade.  

Governors representing more than half of US pork production sent a letter saying their request is a result of the US Supreme Court upholding California’s Proposition 12 rule, which requires pork to be raised in a specific manner to be sold within the state. Absent from the letter are governors from three of the top five pork producing states in the US.

The Exposing Agriculture Trade Suppression Act was introduced in the 117th Congress by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Roger Marshall (R-KS), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS).

It says the law threatens to disrupt the industry and pork supply chain and would make it more expensive for producers to raise their product and for Californians to purchase it.

Governors that singed the letter include: Kim Reynolds (IA), Jim Pillen (NE), Sarah Sanders (AR), Eric Holcom (IN), Tate Reeves (MS), Mike Parson (MO), Greg Gianforte (MT), Joe Lombardo (NV), Kevin Stitt (OK), Greg Abbott (TX), and Glenn Youngking (VA).  

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