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Siouxland states enter into lawsuit against California law

(KTIV) - Two Siouxland states have joined a lawsuit seeking to strike down a California law regulating the living conditions of chickens.

Nebraska and Iowa have both said they'd help Missouri with its legal challenge in federal court.

The lawsuit pits California's new animal rights protections against the economic interests of Midwestern farmers.

The law set to take effect in 2015 would prohibit the sale of eggs that come from hens raised in cages that don't comply with California's new size and space requirements.

Iowa is the nation's top egg producer. About 9 percent of those eggs are sold in California.

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman says California's law could set a precedent for beef, swine and dairy producers.
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