California Assembly Bill No. 1437 is causing a big upheaval with other states. The bill requires all eggs sold in California to meet the standards of Proposition 2 passed in 2008. Also known as the Standards for Confining Farm Animals, Proposition 2 “prohibits the confinement of farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs.” In other words, California is saying don’t cram chickens into tight spaces. This might mean a bigger cage or perhaps allowing the chickens to roam free.
Other states (Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Iowa) argue that California’s bill violates the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause by effectively regulating out-of-state businesses. The states joined together to bring a federal lawsuit to prevent the California egg law from going into effect on January 1, 2015. The Judge dismissed the case stating that the plaintiffs lack standing to sue. Read the full story here.