WASHINGTON -- California’s egg law has survived an effort in
Although it seems like a big win for hens, the debate in Congress really focused on states' rights.
Congressional negotiators rejected an effort, led by an Iowa representative, to prevent California from requiring that eggs sold in the Golden State be produced under standards that give hens enough room to spread their wings.
King could not immediately be reached for comment.
But the measure did not make it into the proposed House-Senate farm bill agreement, according to three sources. Details of the bill are expected to be made available later today. The eagerly awaited bill could come before Congress this week.
King’s efforts also drew opposition from state lawmakers from both parties throughout the country, California Gov.
"This is a victory for states' rights," said Rep.
Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, called the King measure "a radical overreaching amendment."
"Over time, an enormous coalition was built against it," Pacelle said.
California voters in 2008 approved Proposition 2, requiring state chicken farmers to give egg-laying birds enough room to stand and spread their wings.
State legislation passed two years later added a requirement that, when the initiative takes effect in 2015, eggs sold in the state come from farms that meet the California standards.