A state judge has denied a petition by dairy groups to immediately halt CDFA’s dairy Quota Incentive Program (QIP).

Judge Timothy Aspinwall presided over two days of hearings on the petition last month and delivered his decision on Tuesday, denying a request for a referendum vote on suspending the milk pooling plan.

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Aspinwall ruled the petition is “legally defective and should not be advanced to a referendum.”

A separate petition to sunset QIP over five years will be considered by CDFA in August.