The disastrous Rep. Steve King (R-IA) amendment to the Farm Bill could affect a wide variety of state and local laws we all depend upon to protect our health and safety, but the provision was first penned to overturn state laws protecting farm animals. This is serious.
Whether one cares about states' rights (as King's own party proclaims), decency toward animals, or laws to prevent fires -- and firefighter deaths -- it seems there's something about the King amendment that's odious to just about everyone.
The notorious "King amendment" would essentially ban states from having any rules on how agricultural goods sold in the state are produced. Protections for rural communities, animal welfare, and food safety could all be thrown out the window.