Model Legislation

  •    |   Private Property

    Model Forfeiture Reporting Law

    Providing Data to State Legislators to Monitor Forfeiture

    Civil forfeiture—where the government can take and sell your property without ever charging you with a crime, let alone convicting you of one—is one of the greatest threats to property rights in the nation. To make matters worse, such forfeitures often fund law enforcement officials’ budgets, giving them a direct financial incentive to abuse this…

  •    |   Economic Liberty

    Model Occupational Licensing Review Law

    Reforming Occupational Licensing Boards following NC Dental Board v. FTC

    Occupational licensing is one the biggest issues in labor economics today.  More than 25 percent of workers need a government-issued license to work.  That represents a six-fold increase from the 4 percent rate of licensed workers in the 1950’s.  It also dwarfs today’s rates of unionism at 11 percent of workers and minimum-wage earners at…

  •    |   Private Property

    Model Criminal Forfeiture Law

    Replacing Civil Forfeiture and Ending Policing for Profit

    Civil forfeiture laws represent one of the most serious assaults on cars, cash and other private property by government today. Being accused of a crime is sufficient for law enforcement in most states to take your property.  And if you don’t initiate a civil lawsuit against your own property, you soon lose it.  Worse of…

  •    |   Private Property

    Model Anti-Circumvention Forfeiture Law

    Protecting State Sovereignty from Federal Forfeiture Overreach

    Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement agencies can permanently confiscate your cash, car, or even your home, without convicting, or even charging you with a crime. Although some states have taken action to protect innocent property owners from forfeiture abuse, a loophole in forfeiture law still puts owners at risk. By participating in a federal forfeiture…

  •    |   Private Property

    Model Eminent Domain Law

    Protecting Property Owners from Takings for Economic Development

    Despite mass public outcry following the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous decision in Kelo v. City of New London, eminent domain for private gain continues to threaten homeowners and small businesses. While 43 states reformed their laws to prevent Kelo-style takings after the Court’s decision in 2005, private developers and tax revenue-hungry politicians have found other…

  •    |   Economic Liberty

    Model Braiding Law

    Exempting Hair Braiders from Cosmetology Licensing Laws

    African-style hair braiding is a common and safe practice that has been around for thousands of years. It also offers exciting opportunities for entrepreneurs in African-American and African immigrant communities to support themselves and their families, start their own businesses and become their own bosses. Yet to legally braid hair for a living, braiders in…

  •    |   Economic Liberty

    Model Teeth Whitener Law

    Exempting Teeth Whiteners from Dental Licensing Laws

    Teeth whitening is a common and safe practice that has been enjoyed by literally millions of people worldwide. It also offers great opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to support themselves and their families, start their own businesses and become their own bosses. Most often, teeth-whitening services offered by non-dentists consist of nothing more than selling an…

  •    |   Economic Liberty

    Model Threading Law

    Exempting Threaders from Cosmetology and Esthetician Licensing Laws

    Eyebrow threading is an ancient grooming technique that dates back thousands of years to parts of South Asia and the Middle East. Using only a simple cotton thread to form loops as they work, threaders quickly and precisely remove unwanted facial hair. Since its arrival in the United States, threading has become increasingly popular, offering…

  •    |   Economic Liberty

    Model Animal Husbandry Workers Protection Act

    Exempting Animal Husbandry Workers from Broad Veterinary Licensing Laws

    Animal husbandry is a branch of agriculture and animal science concerned with the care, breeding and management of cows, pigs, chickens, horses and other farm animals. Husbandry workers play a vital role keeping large animals healthy, and farms and ranches productive. Whereas only about two dozen community and other colleges offer majors in animal husbandry,…

  • Model Sign Code

    Protecting the Free Speech Rights of both Businesses and Citizens to Use Signs and Other Displays

    In June 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided its first sign code case in over 20 years, Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona, 135 S. Ct. 2218 (2015).  The Court’s opinion in Reed made clear that when the government treats signs differently depending on their subject matter or message, that treatment is presumptively unconstitutional—even…

  •    |   First Amendment

    Model Anti-SLAPP

    Short-circuiting Lawsuits Intended to Intimidate

    Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) are a way for individuals who do business with the government to silence their critics through costly lawsuits. In many states, there are no protections from frivolous defamation suits for private individuals who exercise their First Amendment right to speak out against the government. SLAPPs are costly and time-consuming…

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