LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas judge has struck down part of a law that allows agriculture groups to name representatives to the state Plant Board. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a Pulaski County judge issued the ruling in a lawsuit agribusiness giant Monsanto had filed against the panel over restrictions on the use of the herbicide dicamba.
Monsanto’s attorneys argued that it was unconstitutional to
allow nine of the board’s 16 voting members to be selected by agriculture
groups. The state Supreme Court in June sent the case back to the judge to
review the complaints over the Plant Board’s makeup.
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