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  • 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…

  • April 24, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Final Victory for Ridesharing Drivers in Chicago

    U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal in Case Seeking to Preserve Cab Companies’ Longstanding Monopoly Power

    Washington, D.C.—Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear taxi companies’ appeal of a groundbreaking decision issued last October by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court’s decision not to hear the case finalizes an important victory for transportation freedom all across the country and solidifies the ability of cities to sweep…

  • April 21, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Today, the Indiana House of Representatives and the Indiana Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to deregulate the practice of natural or African-style hair braiding. Authored by Rep. Timothy Wesco, HB 1243 now heads to Gov. Eric Holcomb for signature. Currently, braiders can only work if they first obtain a cosmetology license, which takes at least 1,500 hours…

  • April 20, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Government’s Business-as-Usual Attitude Helps Bottleneckers, Hurts Entrepreneurs & Costs Consumers

    Bottleneckers are found in literally every state, as documented by the Institute for Justice

    Arlington, Virginia—Pop quiz:  What is the proper role of government? Is your answer:  To protect politically powerful special interests from competition? No? Unfortunately, too many lawmakers and special interests see protectionism as a proper use of government force. Examples abound: There are the recent actions taken by lawmakers and the hotel industry against Airbnb. And…

  • April 20, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Today, the New Hampshire Senate approved a bill to deregulate the practice of natural or African-style hair braiding. Under New Hampshire 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 enacted, HB 82 will exempt braiding from…

  • April 19, 2017    |   Private Property

    Supreme Court Upholds Principle Of “Innocent Until Proven Guilty”

    Today’s Decision In Nelson v. Colorado Will Have Important Implications for Civil Forfeiture Laws.

    This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 7-1 decision in Nelson v. Colorado, striking down a Colorado law that forced people to go to court to affirmatively prove their own innocence in order to recover funds paid as a result of a criminal conviction, after the conviction was reversed on appeal. The Court found…

  • April 18, 2017    |   Private Property

    With Lawsuit Pending, Charlestown Extends Illegal Inspections to Homeowners

    Mayor Hall Flip-flops on Homeowner Property Rights in Pleasant Ridge

    Last night, the Charlestown City Council passed a resolution that announced it would be extending the city’s illegal code enforcement regime to homeowners in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood. Prior to last night’s vote, the illegal inspections only targeted rental properties. For the last four months, Charlestown Mayor Bob Hall has defended the city’s illegal land…

  • April 17, 2017    |   First Amendment

    Victory for Political Speech in Alabama

    Following federal lawsuit, Alabama Ethics Commission drops burdensome, in-state training for groups that petition government

    Arlington, Va.—In a victory for free speech, the Alabama Ethics Commission agreed to eliminate its onerous in-person training requirement for private citizens who want to speak with state lawmakers. This comes in response to an August 2016 federal lawsuit filed by Maggie Ellinger-Locke and her employer, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), represented by the Institute…

  • April 13, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Occupational Board Compliance Act on Tuesday, which will provide new oversight for Mississippi’s sprawling licensing boards. Occupational licensing is now one of the biggest labor problems facing the state, with 23 percent of Mississippians needing a license to work. A 2012 report by the Institute for Justice, License to Work,…

  • April 12, 2017    |   Private Property

    With Governor’s Signature, Arizona Now the 20th State to Pass Forfeiture Reform

    IJ Lawsuit on Behalf of Innocent Elderly Couple Will Continue

    Today, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed bipartisan legislation to meaningfully reform Arizona civil forfeiture laws. Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement agencies can seize property merely suspected of involvement in criminal activity. Unlike criminal forfeiture, civil forfeiture allows the government to permanently keep property without charging anyone with—let alone convicting them of—a crime. And Arizona law…

  • April 12, 2017    |   Private Property

    Following a widely panned veto of a bipartisan civil forfeiture reform bill, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter appeared on a local radio program yesterday and attempted to defend his decision. But in the process he made multiple misleading claims. “It’s very alarming that the governor is so woefully misinformed about how civil forfeiture really works in…

  • April 12, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Arlington, Va.—Institute for Justice Attorney Greg Reed released the following statement about the city of Baltimore’s creation of 10 new food truck zones. The mayor stated today that the zones were created in direct response to IJ’s lawsuit challenging the city’s ban on food trucks operating within 300 feet of any brick-and-mortar business that sells…

  • April 10, 2017    |   Private Property

    Today, the Arizona House of Representatives sent a sweeping overhaul of the state’s civil forfeiture laws to Gov. Doug Ducey. Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement agencies can seize property merely suspected of involvement in criminal activity. Unlike criminal forfeiture, civil forfeiture allows the government to permanently keep property without charging anyone with—let alone convicting them…

  • April 7, 2017    |   Private Property

    Late yesterday, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed HB  202a, which would have tightened the state’s civil forfeiture laws. Civil forfeiture allows law enforcement agencies to permanently confiscate and keep property without charging anyone with—let alone convicting them of—a crime. Even worse, Idaho received failing grades from the Institute for Justice for its utter lack of…

  • April 6, 2017    |   First Amendment

    Lawsuit Pits Super Mario Against Florida Town’s Sign Ban

    Institute for Justice Partners with Video Game Store to Defend Free Speech

    Instead of fighting to save a princess in another castle, one family-owned video game store is now fighting to save their constitutional rights. Video game store owner Scott Fisher has teamed up with the Institute for Justice (IJ) and filed a federal, First Amendment lawsuit today against the Jacksonville suburb of Orange Park, Florida. It…

  • April 5, 2017    |   School Choice

    Trinity Lutheran concerns a Missouri program that offers grants to schools and other nonprofit institutions to reimburse them for the cost of purchasing playground resurfacing materials. A church-run preschool applied for one of the grants, but the state denied the application solely because the preschool was religious. The Missouri Constitution’s “Blaine Amendment” is at issue…

  • April 4, 2017    |   Private Property

    Treasury Inspector General: IRS Civil Forfeiture Program “Compromised Rights”

    IG Report finds 91% of structuring civil forfeitures took legally-obtained funds

    This afternoon the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) publically released a bombshell report finding the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigations of structuring laws and civil forfeiture “compromised the rights of some individuals and businesses.” The TIGTA found that “91 percent of the 278 investigations in its sample where source of funds could be…

  • April 3, 2017    |   Private Property

    Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), along with over a dozen cosponsors, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) reintroduced the DUE PROCESS Act (H.R. 1795), a substantial overhaul of federal civil forfeiture laws on March 29, 2017. The new legislation comes fresh…

  • April 3, 2017    |   Private Property

    Today, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed SF 151 into law, which will allow innocent joint owners to challenge forfeiture against their property. Previously, if a Minnesotan jointly owned property with someone accused of certain DWI crimes, the innocent joint-owner could not even get into civil court. “This reform will open the courthouse doors to wives,…


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