Yesterday, a federal court in Salt Lake City held the hearing on PETPO’s request for a ruling on their claim that regulations protecting the Utah prairie dog exceed the federal government’s constitutional authority. The judge had tough questions for both sides. As reported by the AP, no deadline has been set for the court to issue a ruling.
As readers will recall, PETPO’s members are the residents, property owners, and municipal government of a city that has been overrun by 40,000 rodents. They can’t address this problem because Washington bureaucrats won’t listen to them. This is precisely the type of local issue that the Constitution entrusts to state and local governments.