Missouri sues California over chicken coop law
February 4, 2014
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of California over a law mandating that farmers increase the size of chicken enclosures. [Washington Post]
In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 2, which requires larger enclosures fore egg-laying hens. The law worried California farmers that they would suffer a competitive disadvantage. So in 2012, the California Legislature passed a bill applying the regulation to out-of-state farmers who sell eggs in California.
Koster, a Democrat, says the California law is unfair to egg producers in his state.
“If California legislators are permitted to mandate the size of chicken coops on Missouri farms, they may just as easily demand that Missouri soybeans be harvested by hand or that Missouri corn be transported by solar-powered trucks,” Koster said in a statement.
California farmers must begin complying with the chicken coop law in 2015, and out-of-state farmers must do so later that year.