“The governments of nearly half the states agree,” said Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts, “if California is allowed to enforce its laws in other states, a single state will dictate policy across all states. the rest, fostering a patchwork of regulations and threatening the free flow of interstate commerce. “
The brief was submitted by Indiana, along with Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia Western and Wyoming.
“Proposition 12 frees California to impose regulations directly on out-of-state business conduct and thus encourages inconsistent state regulatory obligations and allows for a tit-for-tat state regulatory dispute,” the states said, “The bottom line it may be the transformation of America’s current integrated national market into a patchwork of regulatory regions. “
In February, the Meat Institute filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to review an earlier ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the Meat Institute’s challenge to the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 12: the lockdown initiative. of farm animals. The Meat Institute opposes the law because it is unconstitutional and will harm the nation’s food value chain by significantly increasing costs for producers and consumers. The petition can be found here.
The question is whether the U.S. Constitution allows California to extend its authority beyond its territorial borders by prohibiting the sale of certain pork and beef products unless farmers in those other states restructure their facilities to comply. with California animal confinement standards.