Model Legislation

Universal Recognition of Occupational Licenses Act

Universal Recognition of Occupational Licenses Act

Occupational licenses often are barriers to worker mobility. One state will not recognize another state’s license because personal qualifications differ. And even when some recognition is included in statutes, state laws often impose significant costs—in…

Protecting Everyone’s Constitutional Rights Act

Protecting Everyone’s Constitutional Rights Act

Qualified immunity is a judge-made doctrine that shields local, state and federal government officials–not just police–from accountability. In 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court created the doctrine to ensure, in its words, it would be difficult…

Criminal Forfeiture Process Act

Criminal Forfeiture Process Act

Civil forfeiture is a serious assault by government on cars, cash and other property. To lose your property in most states, prosecutors do not have to charge you, let alone convict you of a crime.

Seizure and Forfeiture Reporting Act

Seizure and Forfeiture Reporting Act

Civil forfeiture—where the government can take and keep 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. Such…

Occupational Licensing Review Act

Occupational Licensing Review Act

Occupational licensing is one the biggest issues in labor economics today. About 25% of workers needs a government-issued license to work. That represents a five-fold increase since the 1950s, when only about 5% of workers…

Vegetable Garden Protection Act

Vegetable Garden Protection Act

People have used their property to grow food since the dawn of modern civilization. Americans are no different. Our national identity is rooted in the Jeffersonian ideal of farmers and settlers. Even as fewer people…

Salon Inspection Act

Salon Inspection Act

The beauty industry offers great opportunities for work and entrepreneurship. However, states erect roadblocks by requiring barbers, cosmetologists, estheticians and nail technicians to spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to attend schools and…

Protection of All Property From Warrantless Searches Act

Protection of All Property From Warrantless Searches Act

The Fourth Amendment protects the right of the people to be secure from government’s unchecked power to search and seize. Ordinarily, courts enforce that right by requiring a warrant before government officials enter private property.

Niche-Beauty Services Opportunity Act

Niche-Beauty Services Opportunity Act

Hairstyling salons, commonly known as ‘blow dry bars’, are experiencing increased popularity across the country. Unlike traditional cosmetology salons, hairstyling salons offer safe, limited services including shampooing, blow drying and styling hair. These specialty salons…

Mobile Food Vendor Freedom Ordinance

Mobile Food Vendor Freedom Ordinance

Starting a food truck has helped many entrepreneurs realize the American dream. These mobile kitchens create jobs and provide an economic boost to the communities they serve. Unfortunately, many counties and cities make it near…

Mobile Food Vendor Freedom Act

Mobile Food Vendor Freedom Act

Everyone benefits from food trucks. With low start-up costs, food trucks offer first-time entrepreneurs the opportunity to experiment, accumulate capital and build businesses. For established restauranteurs, they are a means to expand, build their brands…

Home-Based Business and Occupation Act

Home-Based Business and Occupation Act

The pre-COVID custom of Americans living in one place but working from another is historically unusual. As one scholar noted, “the phenomenon of leaving home to go to work did not become the norm until…

Food Freedom Act

Food Freedom Act

Selling homemade food is a great way for entrepreneurs with big dreams but little capital to start a business. Working from their homes, they can avoid spending tens of thousands of dollars on commercial kitchen space.

Fines and Fees at Sentencing Act

Fines and Fees at Sentencing Act

Fines and fees are a routine part of criminal sentences. Many courts, however, fail to consider an offender’s ability to pay before assessing them. In fact, offenders often are ordered to pay fines and fees…

Fines and Fees Reporting Act

Fines and Fees Reporting Act

Most municipalities allow law or code enforcement officers to cite residents for violations that may result in fines. Unfortunately, some use this power to generate revenue rather than solely to protect public safety and property.

Eminent Domain Act

Eminent Domain Act

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…

Education Savings Account Act: Tax-Credit Funded

Education Savings Account Act: Tax-Credit Funded

Our present system of delivering publicly funded education is in need of dramatic reform.  Educational choice programs provide that reform as they shift the power from state boards of education and school districts to parents. …

Education Savings Account Act: Publicly Funded

Education Savings Account Act: Publicly Funded

Our present system of delivering publicly funded education is in need of dramatic reform.  Educational choice programs provide that reform as they shift the power from state boards of education and school districts to parents. …

Collateral Consequences in Occupational Licensing Act

A job is one of the best ways for people with criminal records not to re-offend. But many occupational licensing laws block or burden ex-offenders. Many licensing laws have morality clauses that (1) bar automatically…

Braider Opportunity and Freedom Act

Hair Braiding

Braider Opportunity and Freedom Act

African-style hair braiding is a common and safe practice that has existed for thousands of years. It also offers great opportunities for entrepreneurs in African-American and African immigrant communities to support themselves and their families,…

Anti-Circumvention Forfeiture Act

Civil Forfeiture

Anti-Circumvention Forfeiture Act

Under civil forfeiture, the state can permanently confiscate your cash, car, and other property, without a prosecutor convicting, or even charging you with a crime. Although some states have acted to protect innocent property owners,…