William P. McMullin,
March 29, 2018-
US Congressmen Steve King and James Sensenbrenner are trying to weaken animal protection and consumer safety laws in the United States. The Protect Interstate Commerce Act (H.R. 3599/H.R. 4879) and the No Regulation Without Representation Act (H.R. 2887), dubbed as the “States’ Rights Elimination Act,‘ would take power away from state and local governments on agricultural issues, a dangerous overreach of the federal government.
H.R. 3599/H.R. 4879 would render a broad range of state and local agriculture laws including animal welfare, environmental, workers’ rights, and food safety laws null and void. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) says, “[H.R. 3599] would preempt vital state agricultural policies designed to protect the safety and well-being of our farmland, waterways, forests, and most importantly, our constituents. H.R. 2887 would prohibit states from regulating activity in interstate commerce. So, for instance, a hazardous product made in another state could be sold in Michigan no matter how dangerous without Michigan having a say in the matter.