WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether to abandon a decades-old decision that has been a frequent target of conservatives.
A judge agreed to hear an appeal covering the 1984 case known as Chevron. It involves Chevron Oil Company and states that federal agencies should be allowed to fill in the details if the law is not clear. role of the institution.
The court’s conservative majority has already curbed federal regulators, including last June’s decision to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
But Chevron is one of the Supreme Court’s most frequently cited cases, and a decision to limit its scope or overrule it outright would dramatically alter the discretion of federal authorities in regulating broad life in the United States. may be limited to
At least four conservative members of the court–Judges Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh–have questioned this doctrine. “The Court’s rulings do not allow executive bureaucrats to swallow up a vast amount of core judicial and legislative powers and concentrate federal power in a way that seems a little harder to match with the Constitution designed by its drafters. I forgive you,” he said. ”
Four of the nine members of the court are required to agree to hear the case, but the court did not disclose the breakdown of the votes, as is customary.
The only downside to this case is that only eight judges will participate. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson probably isn’t on board because he was on the panel of appellate judges who heard the case’s discussion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Courts do not hear cases before a fall. Last week, the judge concluded hearings for a term expected to end in June. They plan to spend his next two months putting out his views before taking a summer break.
The particular case the court agreed to hear is part of a long-running dispute between commercial fishing groups and the federal government over who should pay for data collection and regulatory compliance. It stems from a lawsuit by a group of fishermen who want to stop the federal government from making workers pay their wages.
The fishermen involved in the lawsuit harvest Atlantic herring, a major fishery off the east coast that provides both bait and bait. The lead plaintiff, New Jersey-based Roper Bright Enterprises and other fishing groups, say federal rules unfairly require contractors to pay her hundreds of dollars a day. A lower court ruled against them.
The case is Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, 22-451.
Associated Press reporter Patrick Whittle contributed to this report from Portland, Maine.
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