Press Releases

  • June 23, 2017    |   Private Property

    “No one should be denied justice simply because they cannot afford their day in court.”

  • June 14, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Arlington, Va.—For years, there has been an ongoing debate about the federal government’s role in our healthcare system. But the debate has largely ignored little-known state laws that do nothing more than increase healthcare costs and limit medical options while lining the pockets of established medical businesses. A new federal lawsuit filed by two doctors…

  • June 14, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Chicago—There’s some good news for the taste buds and wallets of people who enjoy the delicious variety of food from around the world available on Chicago’s streets. The Street Vendors Association of Chicago (SVAC), a group of local Mexican immigrants, banded together to open a new shared kitchen space for commercial cooking. This nonprofit venture,…

  • June 13, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    New Hampshire became the latest state to eliminate an expensive, unnecessary and time-consuming licensing requirement for African-style natural hair braiders thanks to a newly signed law by Gov. Chris Sununu. Sponsored by Rep. Carol McGuire, HB 82 will exempt braiding entirely from the state’s licensing laws. “The government has no business licensing something as safe…

  • June 9, 2017    |   Private Property

    With an hour remaining before his deadline to act, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed HB 17-1313, a bill that bolsters transparency for civil forfeiture and closes a federal loophole that has generated millions in forfeiture revenue for law enforcement. Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement agencies can seize and then take title to cash, cars and other…

  • June 8, 2017    |   Private Property

    Connecticut could become the 14th state to require a conviction for most or all forfeiture cases.

  • June 1, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Victory for Wisconsin Home Bakers

    Judge Strikes Down Ban on Selling Home-Baked Goods as Unconstitutional

    Madison—Wisconsin became a little freer, and a lot more delicious, after a Lafayette Circuit Court judge struck down the state’s ban on selling home-baked goods as unconstitutional. Wisconsin was one of only two states to ban entrepreneurs like Lisa Kivirist, Kriss Marion and Dela Ends from selling cookies, cakes, muffins and breads simply because they…

  • May 31, 2017    |   First Amendment

    Temporary Reprieve: Oregon Allows Traffic Light Talk While Lawsuit Proceeds

    Federal judge issues order allowing Mats Järlström to discuss traffic light timing while his lawsuit proceeds through the courts

    Arlington, Va.—In an early and important win, yesterday a federal judge issued an order prohibiting Oregon from penalizing Mats Järlström for discussing the timing of stop lights or for calling himself an engineer. The order, which was agreed to by the state, means that Järlström is free to exercise his First Amendment rights to discuss…

  • May 26, 2017    |   School Choice

    Victory for School Choice in Montana

    Parents Successfully Challenge Montana Department of Revenue’s Rule Excluding Religious Schools from Tax-Credit Scholarship Program

    “There are so many families who have never hoped to be able to afford private school for their children. This decision is a game changer for them.”

  • May 23, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Today, the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted unanimously to eliminate the state’s expensive, unnecessary and time-consuming licensing requirement for African-style natural hair braiders. Under Rhode Island law, braiders can only work if they first obtain a cosmetology license, which takes at least 1,500 hours of training. Only six states have stricter requirements. But if…

  • May 18, 2017    |   Private Property

    Between 2009 and 2013, local and state law enforcement carried out 3,750 civil forfeiture cases—more than three-quarters of all forfeiture cases.

  • May 17, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Arkansas Entrepreneur Breaks Taxi Monopoly

    Ken’s Cab is Little Rock’s First New Taxi Service in 16 years

    Little Rock, Ark.—Today is a historic day for transportation freedom in Little Rock. Entrepreneur Ken Leininger has opened up the city’s first taxi company in 16 years after a successful year-long legal battle with Little Rock officials. The Little Rock Board of Directors granted Ken’s request for seven new taxi permits yesterday. This morning, Ken…

  • May 11, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Today, the Louisiana House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved two bills that would repeal the state’s expensive, unnecessary and time-consuming license for African-style natural hair braiders. In Louisiana, braiders can only work if they first obtain a specialty license in “alternative hair design,” which takes at least 500 hours of training. Yet no schools currently offer…

  • May 11, 2017    |   Private Property

    Colorado Poised to Become National Leader in Forfeiture Transparency

    Bill Sent to Governor Would Also Close Lucrative Loophole

    Late yesterday, the Colorado General Assembly approved HB 17-1313, a bill that would bolster transparency for civil forfeiture and close a federal loophole that has generated millions in forfeiture revenue for law enforcement. Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement agencies can seize and then take title to cash, cars and other valuables without charging anyone with—let…

  • May 9, 2017    |   Private Property

    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed SF 446, a bill designed to reform Iowa’s civil forfeiture laws by requiring, in most cases, a criminal conviction before police can permanently confiscate property. Unlike criminal forfeiture, civil forfeiture typically allows the government to permanently keep property without charging anyone with a crime. “Iowa has some of the…

  • May 8, 2017    |   Private Property

    San Diego—After a 15-month court battle, the Slatic family finally received good news late on Friday afternoon when Judge Tamila E. Ipema of the San Diego County Superior Court ordered the local District Attorney to return their life savings, after it was seized for civil forfeiture. The Judge ruled that the District Attorney had no…

  • May 3, 2017    |   Private Property

    Today, the Colorado House of Representatives approved HB 17-1313, a bill that would bolster transparency for civil forfeiture and close a federal loophole that has generated millions in forfeiture revenue for law enforcement. Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement agencies can seize and then take title to cash, cars and other valuables without charging anyone with—let…

  • April 28, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed a bill that exempts natural or African-style hair braiding from the state’s cosmetology laws. Authored by Rep. Timothy Wesco and Sen. Liz Brown, HB 1243 passed by wide margins in the Indiana General Assembly. “Indiana has long prided itself as ‘a state that works,’” said Institute for Justice Senior Legislative Counsel…

  • April 26, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Today, the Florida House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of HB 7047, which eliminates or eases many burdensome occupational licenses. “Occupational licensing is one of the biggest barriers stopping Floridians from finding work,” said Justin Pearson, managing attorney of the Institute for Justice Florida Office. “Today’s vote is a welcome first step to paring…

  • April 25, 2017    |   First Amendment

    Lawsuit Challenges Oregon Law Prohibiting Mathematical Criticism Without a License

    After Mats Järlström’s wife got a red-light camera ticket, Oregon fined him $500 for questioning its traffic light timing

    Portland, Or.—If Galileo or da Vinci, the famed Italian polymaths, lived in modern day Oregon, they might well be the targets of a lengthy and expensive inquisition by the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying for the unlicensed practice of engineering for engaging in mathematical criticism. That is because neither became…


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