On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case involving a challenge to California’s Proposition 12 (or Prop 12), a ballot measure that passed in 2018 which mandates farm animal confinement standards and prevents the sale of pork, veal, and eggs within the state from producers that do not meet these standards. CAFB has supported the challenge, which has been spearheaded by the National Pork Producers Council.
Part of the arguments against the validity of Prop 12 focus on the “Dormant Commerce Clause,” a doctrine that limits state laws that unduly burden or discriminate against neighboring states. In addition, AFBF and NPPC have argued that the Prop 12 requirements are arbitrary in nature and fail to accomplish the goal that voters were originally intending with the ballot measure. Although an exact timeline has not yet been set, the Court will hear arguments from both sides later this year.