SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HIGHWAY DEPT. v. BARNWELL

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Case Basics
Docket No. 
161
Petitioner 
South Carolina State Highway Dept.
Respondent 
Barnwell
Decided By 
Advocates
(Argued the cause for the appellees)
(Argued the cause for the appellees)
(Argued the cause for the appellants)
(Argued the cause for the appellants)
Term:
Facts of the Case 

A South Carolina law banned from its state highways trucks which were more than 90 inches wide and weighed over 20,000 pounds.

Question 

Did the law impose an unconstitutional burden on interstate commerce?

Conclusion 

The Court upheld the law. The Court acknowledged that the law posed a burden on interstate commerce. However, regulating state highways is "so peculiarly of local concern." Moreover, Congress had not previously invoked the commerce power to implement national standards on this issue. Hence, South Carolina had the right to act. The law was carefully drawn and applied equally to intrastate and interstate travelers.

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SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HIGHWAY DEPT. v. BARNWELL. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 23 October 2014. <http://www.oyez.org/cases/1901-1939/1937/1937_161>.
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HIGHWAY DEPT. v. BARNWELL, The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, http://www.oyez.org/cases/1901-1939/1937/1937_161 (last visited October 23, 2014).
"SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HIGHWAY DEPT. v. BARNWELL," The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, accessed October 23, 2014, http://www.oyez.org/cases/1901-1939/1937/1937_161.