The Iowa House of Representatives on April 3 passed a resolution calling for repeal of California's Proposition 2 law that forbids the sale of eggs produced by hens kept in cages that don't meet certain size and space requirements. Iowa lawmakers are challenging the California egg law because it means most Iowa eggs cannot be sold in California, and that the legislation is unconstitutional.
The Iowa bill calling for the repeal of Proposition 2 seeks that "immediate action be taken by the State of California, the United States Congress, the United States Attorney General, state legislatures, state governors, and state attorneys general to effectuate the repeal of California legislation enacted as AB 1437 that unconstitutionally infringes upon the Commerce Clause of the Constitution of the United States to the detriment of this nation's consumers and farmers."
The Iowa legislation, known as House Resolution 123, also points out that California's law is bad for its own state. The bill states: "In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 2, a ballot initiative that prohibits California farmers from employing a number of agricultural production methods in widespread use throughout the United States, including the use of industry standards used in egg production."
Copies of Iowa House Resolution 123 are being sent to California legislative leaders, Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, and all members of Iowa's congressional delegation.
Additionally, copies of the bill were sent to the attorneys general from Missouri, Nebraska, Alabama, Kentucky and Oklahoma. Iowa had previously joined those states in a federal lawsuit, urging the court to declare the California egg rules invalid.