LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday he has decided not to join in a lawsuit challenging California’s restrictions on egg imports.
California’s law banning the sale of eggs produced from hens kept in cages that fail to meet certain size and space requirements does not directly affect any Arkansas egg producers, McDaniel stated in a news release. The small percentage of eggs exported from Arkansas to California would comply with the law, which takes effect next year, he said.
Missouri’s attorney general file the suit challenging the law. The suit argues that the law would harm out-of-state egg producers and violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Although Arkansas is not joining the suit, McDaniel said he supports it because he believes no state should be able to have a substantial impact on the agricultural policies of another state. He said he may seek to file a friend-of-the-court brief in the case.