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  • August 14, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Louisville, Ky.—Today, Federal District Court Judge Justin R. Walker handed a first-round legal victory to two Nepali immigrants in their challenge to a Kentucky law that is preventing them from opening up a new home health care business in Louisville. Dipendra Tawari and Kishor Sapkota filed their lawsuit in December 2019, after the state rejected…

  • August 14, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    Arlington, Va.—The Institute for Justice (IJ) today filed a brief in Adams v. McMaster, a case challenging a new South Carolina program to provide educational choice grants to allow families to defray the costs of sending children to private or religious schools. In its brief, IJ reminds the South Carolina Supreme Court that its state…

  • August 12, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    Arlington, Va.—Today, the Montana Supreme Court officially recognized that three Kalispell mothers successfully protected Montana’s tax credit scholarship program.  The program has been the subject of contentious litigation since the Montana legislature passed the program five years ago and the Montana Supreme Court invalidated the program in 2018.  The litigation culminated in the landmark U.S.…

  • August 11, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Lincoln, Neb.—Gov. Pete Ricketts signed legislation that repeals a requirement that moving companies get permission from their competitors before they can open a new business. The so-called “certificate of public convenience and necessity” requirement gave existing moving companies the opportunity to formally object to new entrants and keep them out of the market. Unfortunately, the…

  • August 11, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    National Food Freedom Advocate Condemns Albuquerque’s Unconstitutional Ban on Homemade Food Sales

    Albuquerque bans the sale of safe homemade foods the rest of New Mexico allows

    Albuquerque, N.M.—The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled the economy of every city in America, and Albuquerque is no exception. With unemployment up and consumer activity down, Americans need to have every option available to support themselves and their families. Yet Albuquerque does not allow the sale of safe, shelf-stable foods like baked goods made at home—foods…

  • August 5, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Bismarck, N.D.—Today, a North Dakota district court denied the North Dakota Department of Health’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by five North Dakotan homemade food producers to restore the Cottage Food Act. These homemade food producers partnered with the Institute for Justice (IJ) to sue the Health Department for illegally gutting the law in…

  • July 31, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Where’s the Beef? Congress’s COVID-19 Relief Packages Contain a Conspicuous Omission

    Federal law prevents farmers from slaughtering meat in their communities, which contributed to the meat shortage during the pandemic

    Arlington, Va.—As Congress prepares August legislation to help a nation still battling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s one important issue that remains unaddressed: the country’s meat supply. Months ago, the pandemic exposed a major weakness in America’s food supply system; under current federal law, ranchers and farmers may only slaughter and process livestock…

  • July 30, 2020    |   Private Property

    New report: CBP, Other DHS Agencies Seized $500 Million From Air Travelers Over Missing Paperwork

    CBP and other Homeland Security agencies use civil forfeiture to take and keep currency from travelers whose only crime is ignorance of reporting requirements

    Arlington, Va.­­­­––As though air travel in the age of COVID-19 were not stressful enough, Americans have another potential risk factor to worry about: cash seizures at airports. Under civil forfeiture laws, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and other Homeland Security agencies routinely seize cash and other currency from travelers at airports…

  • July 30, 2020

    CHICAGO—Mayor Lightfoot is about to celebrate her first birthday in office. But Chicago’s most famous advocate for staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic won’t be able to order home delivery of a homemade birthday cake. At least, not legally. Like many cities and towns across Illinois, Chicago doesn’t allow a home baker to sell…

  • July 28, 2020    |   Private Property

    Roseau County Landowners Coalition Teams Up with National Organization, Launches Campaign Against Minnesota’s Pointless Land Grab

    The Roseau Lake Rehabilitation Project could threaten thousands of acres of productive, family-owned farmland for no real public benefit

    Roseau County, Minn.—Today, the Roseau County Landowners Coalition parked two 50-foot trailers in Roseau to spread the word about a project that would devastate their productive family farmlands for no real benefit. At over 50 farmers and landowners strong, the Coalition is launching a campaign in collaboration with the Institute for Justice (IJ), a national…

  • July 23, 2020    |   Private Property

    Seattle ‘Housing Affordability’ Law Forces Hard-working Homeowners to Pay Ransom for Building Permit—Now Two Residents Are Fighting Back

    Seattle’s ironically-named law makes renovating a modest home prohibitively expensive for middle-income homeowners

    Almost two years ago, Andre and Erika Cherry bought their first home together. The home, located in the Highland Park neighborhood of Seattle, was a modest two-bedroom fixer-upper built in 1916. After a century of wear and tear, the home showed its age and needed a top-to-bottom renovation—but the Cherrys were up for the challenge.…

  • July 22, 2020    |   Private Property

    Reforms to Chicago’s Impound Program Are Not Enough

    The Institute for Justice’s federal class action lawsuit to correct the program’s abuses will continue

    CHICAGO—Today, the Chicago City Council amended its impound program to fix some of the glaring constitutional problems that led the Institute to Justice (IJ) to bring a class-action lawsuit against the city. That lawsuit challenges three aspects of the city’s impound scheme: its fining of vehicle owners for crimes they did not commit; its failure…

  • July 22, 2020

    South Side Pitch Business Competition Moves Online this Fall

    Application period is now open in annual competition to showcase entrepreneurs

    CHICAGO—South Side Pitch, the annual business pitch competition, will move online this fall in order to continue highlighting South Side entrepreneurs. The application period is now open and aspiring entrepreneurs can visit www.southsidepitch.com/apply for contest details and to apply. Since its inception, the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship-hosted competition has been a powerful demonstration…

  • July 15, 2020    |   Private Property

    Institute for Justice Asks S.C. Supreme Court to Strike Down Civil Forfeiture Laws

    Case asks court to end “policing for profit” and restore South Carolinians’ expectation that they are innocent until proven guilty

    Civil forfeiture is one of the biggest threats to property rights in South Carolina. It allows law enforcement to take cash, cars, homes and other property from South Carolinians without so much as charging —let alone convicting—the owner with a crime and then profit from the proceeds. Now, the Institute for Justice (IJ)—a nonprofit, public interest…

  • July 9, 2020    |   Economic Liberty Private Property

    Nashville Repeals Prohibition on Home-Business Clients

    Bill now awaits Mayor John Cooper’s signature

    Nashville—The Nashville Metropolitan Council voted early Wednesday morning to repeal the city’s longstanding ban on home businesses that serve customers. Barring an unlikely veto by Nashville’s mayor, Nashville home businesses will soon be allowed six customer visits a day, six days a week. The Institute for Justice and the Beacon Center of Tennessee have been…

  • July 7, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    Arlington, Virginia—After last week’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, which held that it is unconstitutional to exclude religious schools from private educational choice programs, the Institute for Justice (IJ), which litigated the Espinoza case on behalf of parents, released a 50-state guide to help policymakers in each state better understand the impact of Espinoza in their state. The guide analyzes each state’s constitution in light of Espinoza and explains how the ruling impacts policymakers’ ability to enact educational choice programs. “As a result of Espinoza, nearly every…

  • July 6, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    New legislation signed by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Monday will make it much easier for out-of-state workers and people with criminal records to become licensed in their chosen field. By imposing significant costs in terms of time and money, licensing laws often create substantial hurdles to worker mobility and prisoner reentry. For instance, according…

  • July 1, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    Maine’s High School Tuitioning Program is Clearly Unconstitutional Under New Supreme Court Precedent

    Institute for Justice and First Liberty Institute ask federal appeals court to rule against state program that excludes religious schools

    Arlington, Va.— The Institute for Justice (IJ) and First Liberty Institute (FLI) filed a notice of supplemental authority with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking it to rule in favor of parents who challenged Maine’s high school tuitioning program. The three families, who filed suit nearly two years ago, would like to choose…

  • June 30, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Governor Signs Bill Making It Easier for Floridians to Work

    Institute for Justice applauds enactment of broad occupational licensing reform law

    Tallahassee, Fla.— Thousands of Floridians will find it easier to work now with Gov. Ron DeSantis signing HB 1193, the Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act. The historic law repeals more occupational licensing laws than any licensing reform ever passed by any other state. The Institute for Justice (IJ), which advocates for licensing reform nationwide, applauds…

  • June 30, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    Landmark Victory for Parents In U.S. Supreme Court School Choice Case

    Montana families represented by the Institute for Justice secure the right to choose the schools that best suit their children’s educational needs

    Arlington, Virginia—In a landmark 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a state court may not strike down a school choice program simply because it permits families to choose religious schooling. In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Court held that barring religious options in school choice programs violates the First Amendment’s…

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