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  • 1886 Wabash Case
  • At issue were fees paid to the state of Illinois by the railroad company. Illinois charged the railway more money to transport goods to a close destination then it did a farther one. The supreme court had no issue with fees charged within the Illinois border.
  • The 1886 Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railway Company vs. Illinois overturned a previous case that allowed states to regulate railroads. Illinois wanted the right to charge the transportation company for their portion of its journey.
  • Constitutional Question: Should the states regulate commerce beyond their state boundaries?
  • The Supreme Court declared that states could NOT regulate commerce that went beyond their boundaries. Instead, regulation had to come from the federal government.
  • The case asserted the Constitutions authority that the federal government regulates interstate commerce and not the states.
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