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  • April 23, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed the Occupational Board Reform Act on Monday afternoon, a landmark law that will systematically reduce the state’s burdensome and arbitrary licenses. Today, Nebraska has more than 170 different occupational licenses, which cover almost a quarter of the state’s workforce. “Far too many workers are spending their time earning a license…

  • April 18, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    “If the governor signs this bill, Nebraska would become a national leader in licensing reform and set a landmark model for other states to follow.”

  • April 17, 2018    |   Educational Choice

    Arlington, Va.—On Monday, six parents asked the Florida Supreme Court to deny review of a 1st District Court of Appeal’s decision upholding both Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program (FTC) and the John M. McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities. The parents got involved in the case, Citizens for Strong Schools v. Florida State Board…

  • April 13, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    WASHINGTON—Can the government make you spend tens of thousands of dollars on a thousand or more hours of job training, even though it admits that the training is almost totally irrelevant to your job? Common sense—and American constitutional history—says no. But, splitting with that history of legal decisions, the United States Court of Appeals for…

  • April 12, 2018    |   First Amendment

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The Institute for Justice (IJ) announced today that it will be taking a cutting-edge First Amendment lawsuit up to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, following a lower court ruling that dealt a blow to some of California’s most marginalized and vulnerable workers. This morning, a federal judge in Sacramento dismissed…

  • April 10, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    The Louisiana House of Representatives voted late Monday to approve HB 748, a bill that would overhaul the state’s burdensome and arbitrary licenses.  Licensing has spread far beyond the realm of doctors and lawyers in Louisiana. Today, many harmless trades like interior design, braiding hair or arranging flowers can only be entered after securing the…

  • April 9, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Court Ruling Deals Blow to Minnesota Wine Lovers

    Federal Judge Dismisses Challenge to Wine Law on Technicality, Minnesota Wineries to Appeal

    Minneapolis—Minnesotans looking to buy their favorite wines at local wineries just faced a frustrating setback thanks to a new court ruling. Today, a federal judge in Minnesota dismissed a lawsuit from two Minnesota wineries challenging a little-known but onerous state law that severely restricts the amount of grapes they can use to make wine. Under…

  • April 6, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    The Maryland Senate voted unanimously today to pass HB 1106, which would expand where home bakers can legally sell their homemade treats. Currently, the state has some of the strictest limits in the nation, and only allows home bakers to sell at farmer’s markets or at special events. But sell those very same cakes or…

  • April 5, 2018    |   Economic Liberty First Amendment

    Harrisburg, Pa.—Does the government have the power to override common sense and force American businesses to lie to their consumers? According to a First Amendment lawsuit that South Mountain Creamery and the Institute for Justice (IJ) filed today against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in federal court, the answer is: Absolutely not. For…

  • April 4, 2018    |   Private Property

    New Kansas Law Will Shine a Light on Civil Forfeiture

    Records Reveal Forfeiture Funds Spent on Salaries, Troop Headquarters

    Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a bill on Monday that will bolster transparency for the state’s secretive seizure and forfeiture activity. Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement agencies can seize and then take title to cash, cars and other valuables without charging anyone with—let alone convicting them of—a crime. “Kansas now has one of the best…

  • April 3, 2018    |   Private Property

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed SB 61 today, a bill designed to reform the state’s civil forfeiture laws, which let the government permanently confiscate property without ever filing criminal charges. With the governor’s signature, Wisconsin becomes the 15th state to require a criminal conviction for most or all forfeiture cases, joining states like Minnesota and…

  • April 2, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    “So many people are excited and ready to fire up their ovens and get to work!”

  • March 22, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Victory for Louisville Food Trucks

    New Ordinance Repeals 150-Foot Ban on Food Trucks

    Louisville, Ky.—Tonight, the Louisville Metro Council repealed a law that prohibits food trucks from operating within 150 feet of any restaurant or other eating establishment that serves similar food. The change comes in response to a federal lawsuit the Institute for Justice (IJ) filed last summer on behalf of Troy King and Robert Martin, two…

  • March 22, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    On Wednesday, the Kentucky Senate voted unanimously to pass HB 263, which would legalize home baking businesses for everyone in the state. Right now, under Kentucky’s “home-based processor” law, only farmers or people who personally grow their own main ingredients can sell cakes, cookies, syrups, jams and other homemade food. The state further limits these…

  • March 22, 2018    |   Private Property

    Idaho Governor Approves New Safeguards Against Civil Forfeiture

    More Than Half The Country Has Now Passed Forfeiture Reform

    On Wednesday, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed a bill to tighten the state’s civil forfeiture laws, which allow the government to permanently confiscate and keep property without charging anyone with—let alone convicting them of—a crime. With the governor’s signature, Idaho becomes the 26th state to pass civil forfeiture reform in the past four years. “Idaho’s…

  • March 21, 2018    |   Private Property

    New Bill Would Abolish Civil Forfeiture in Minnesota

    Legislation Would Also Counter Federal Forfeiture Program Revived by Attorney General Jeff Sessions

    New legislation that would completely eliminate the state’s civil forfeiture laws, which let the government take and keep property without ever filing criminal charges, passed the Minnesota House Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee late Tuesday. Authored by Rep. Jim Klobach and Sen. Scott Newman, HF 3725 and SF 3419 would instead replace civil forfeiture with criminal…

  • March 20, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    “Passing this bill would expand economic opportunity and would leaven some common-sense into Maryland’s half-baked cottage-food law.”

  • March 19, 2018    |   Private Property

    Little Pink House Movie Hits the Big Screen, Seeks to End Eminent Domain Abuse

    Biopic on Supreme Court’s Landmark Kelo Ruling Shows How Eminent Domain for Private Gain Destroyed Lives and an Entire Community

    Eminent domain creates strange political bedfellows: Once-developer and now-President Donald Trump, along with liberal justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, came out against ordinary homeowners and in favor of the government and private developers. But for the government’s use of eminent domain, corporations would be powerless to take someone else’s home. The release of Little…

  • March 19, 2018    |   Private Property

    Wyoming Bans Roadside Waivers Used to Seize Cash on Highways

    New Law Was Prompted by IJ Lawsuit Challenging Abusive Tactic

    The new law is a direct response to a case in which the Institute for Justice represented Wisconsin musician Phil Parhamovich, who had his entire life savings—$91,800—seized on I-80 near Cheyenne.

  • March 16, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Full Faith and Credit: Supreme Court Considers Reviving Trust in Constitution’s Contract Clause

    Institute for Justice Amicus Brief argues that Court should return to the plain meaning of the Contract Clause

    Arlington, Va.–On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case questioning whether the U.S. Constitution allows states to enact laws that rewrite existing contracts. The question should be an easy one. The Contract Clause of the Constitution provides that “[n]o state shall…pass any…Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts.” But over the years…

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