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  • May 18, 2021    |   Economic Liberty

    Alabama Soon to Dramatically Expand Homemade Food Businesses

    Alabama’s homemade food entrepreneurs will be able to ship and sell their goods online

    MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Alabama is taking a major step forward for food entrepreneurs and consumers with Gov. Kay Ivey’s signature of SB160, which will lift Alabama’s restrictive $20,000 cap on gross sales, allow the sale of all shelf-stable foods and allow online sales and shipping. This will allow Alabamans who want to make a living selling delicious…

  • May 18, 2021

    Tarpon Springs Food Truck Owners Sue City Over Anti-Competitive Law Protecting Restaurant Owners

    Institute for Justice lawsuit is first of its kind since Florida barred cities from banning food trucks

    CLEARWATER, Fla.—Today, the owners of a Florida food truck filed suit in state court to protect their right to earn a living in the Tampa Bay area city they call home, Tarpon Springs. When Elijah Durham lost his job as a chef during the pandemic, he decided to become his own boss. He and his…

  • May 17, 2021    |   Private Property

    ARLINGTON, Va.—The U.S. Supreme Court today unanimously held that the government cannot enter people’s homes without a warrant on the pretense of acting as “community caretakers.” Today’s opinion in Caniglia v. Strom closely tracks arguments made in an amicus brief submitted by the Institute for Justice. The case involved police entering the Caniglia family home…

  • May 17, 2021

    Arlington, Virginia—Four years ago, Luke Stewart was roused awake by a police officer knocking on his car window after a neighbor called to report a suspicious man asleep in a car. Stewart, who was unarmed and waiting for his friend to return home, did not do anything to threaten the officer, but the situation quickly…

  • May 13, 2021    |   Economic Liberty

    To-Go Cocktails Now Permanently Legal in Florida

    Governor signs bill to cement a popular executive order that provided a lifeline to businesses during the pandemic

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Gov. Ron DeSantis today signed Senate Bill 148, allowing Florida restaurants to permanently provide to-go cocktails to customers. An executive order provided a lifeline to businesses during the pandemic, but it has also proved popular and safe. The Institute for Justice (IJ) supported the permanent change and applauds lawmakers for giving businesses the freedom…

  • May 12, 2021    |   Economic Liberty

    New Law Allows Montana Doctors to Dispense Medications Directly to Patients

    Reform Bill Followed Lawsuit by Institute for Justice to Overturn Montana’s Ban on Doctor Dispensing

    ARLINGTON, Va.—Yesterday, Gov. Greg Gianforte signed SB 374 into law, allowing doctors in Montana to dispense prescribed medications directly to their patients, a practice known as “doctor dispensing.” The bill was proposed following a lawsuit filed in June 2020 by the Institute for Justice (IJ) on behalf of Dr. Carol Bridges, Dr. Cara Harrop and…

  • May 12, 2021    |   Private Property

    National Public Interest Law Firm Weighs In On Safety Deposit Seizure Case

    Institute for Justice calls dragnet search of boxes seized without a warrant an abuse of the Fourth Amendment unlike any other

    LOS ANGELES—In March, federal agents seized the contents of hundreds of security deposit boxes at a Beverly Hills facility absent any evidence that the people who rented those boxes did anything wrong. Yesterday evening, the Institute for Justice (IJ) weighed into that dispute with a friend-of-the-court brief urging U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner…

  • May 11, 2021    |   Educational Choice

    HELENA, Mont.—Tomorrow, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte is expected to sign HB 279, a bill dramatically expanding the state’s educational choice program and allowing hundreds more children to participate. The program offers students scholarships to attend the private school of their choice and is funded by private donations for which the donor may claim a tax…

  • May 10, 2021    |   Economic Liberty

    Oklahoma Soon to Become One of the Best States in the Nation for Homemade Food Businesses

    Oklahoma families will soon be allowed to buy more local food in their communities and online

    OKLAHOMA CITY—Today, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed the Homemade Food Freedom Act into law. The Oklahoma Legislature unanimously approved the bill, making it the fifth state to embrace “food freedom” by allowing homemade food entrepreneurs to sell a variety of products in new ways without needless red tape. Effective November 1, 2021, homemade or “cottage food”…

  • May 5, 2021    |   Private Property

    PHOENIX—Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed a bipartisan bill (HB 2810) that strengthens due process protections for property owners facing civil forfeiture. The bill had received overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House—which approved it 57-2—and Senate—which approved it 29-1. Arizona, which adopted some reforms in 2017, joins a growing list of states that…

  • May 5, 2021    |   Economic Liberty

    COLUMBIA, S.C.—Today, the South Carolina Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision dismissing online vision testing company Visibly’s lawsuit against the state. This means that Visibly’s lawsuit can proceed, which could have far-reaching implications for economic freedom in South Carolina. Visibly’s innovative technology allows patients to take an online vision test and have their…

  • May 5, 2021    |   Immunity and Accountability

    Vietnam Vet Beaten by Police Continues Supreme Court Appeal

    José Oliva Replies to Officers Who Assaulted Him But Who Now Seek to Escape Accountability, Calls on High Court to Review His Case

    Federal judge decries “Constitution-free zone” that courts have created in which “individuals whose constitutional rights are violated at the hands of federal officers are essentially remedy-less.” Arlington, Virginia—On May 20, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to consider whether to grant review in yet another police brutality case, this time involving a 70-year-old veteran who…

  • May 5, 2021    |   Economic Liberty Private Property

    Family-Owned Hardware Store Sues Long Island Town Trying to Take Away their Property

    Brinkmann’s Hardware teams up with national law firm to fight for the right to open its business

    CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.—When every effort to stop a business from operating on its property has failed, can the government just take the land using eminent domain? That is the question at the heart of a new lawsuit filed by the owners of Brinkmann’s Hardware, a family-owned business with several Long Island locations that has teamed…

  • April 30, 2021    |   Economic Liberty

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The Florida Legislature today approved a bill that will make it easier to start and run homemade food businesses, opening the door to new women-owned businesses throughout Sunshine State. House Bill 663, named the “Home Sweet Home Act,” reforms rules on selling shelf-stable homemade food, commonly known as cottage foods. Florida law currently includes…

  • April 30, 2021    |   Economic Liberty

    Newly Approved Bill Clears the Way for Home-Based Businesses

    Florida Legislature approves measure that standardizes rules for running a business from a residence

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Under a newly passed bill, Floridians will find it easier to start and run home-based businesses. House Bill 403, which has now passed both the Florida House and Senate, standardizes rules for operating businesses inside of a home. The bill bans city and county governments from regulating work that happens strictly inside a residence.…

  • April 29, 2021    |   Private Property

    The Arizona Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill (HB 2810) that would strengthen due process protections for property owners facing civil forfeiture. Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement agencies can seize and keep property without ever charging the owner with a crime. Worse, police and prosecutors can keep 100% of the forfeited proceeds, creating…

  • April 29, 2021    |   Economic Liberty

    Institute for Justice Praises Passage of Permanent To-go Cocktails Bill

    Legislation headed to the Governor would make a popular pandemic waiver permanent

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—With the passage of Senate Bill 148, Florida restaurants are a big step closer to being able to permanently provide to-go cocktails to customers. An executive order has provided a lifeline to businesses during the pandemic, but it has also proved popular and safe. The Institute for Justice (IJ) supported the permanent change and…

  • April 28, 2021    |   Private Property

    TAMPA, Fla.—In a blow to property rights, on Monday a federal judge upheld fines against Jim Ficken, a Dunedin property owner who was assessed $30,000 in fines and threatened with foreclosure for the offense of tall grass. Jim, who is represented by the Institute for Justice (“IJ”), plans to appeal the district court’s decision. If…

  • April 28, 2021    |   Economic Liberty

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill (HB 1746) on Tuesday that will make it much easier for people to enter and work in the beauty industry. Previously, washing, cleansing, blow drying, brushing, or combing hair required a cosmetologist license, a credential that takes at least 1,500 hours of training and can cost tens of…

  • April 27, 2021    |   Economic Liberty

    Newly Passed Bill Eliminates Patchwork of Local Occupational Licenses in Florida

    Institute for Justice praises measure that makes it easier to run small businesses across the Sunshine State

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The Legislature today approved a bill that would make it easier for many Floridians to work. House Bill 735 bans Florida municipalities and counties from creating additional licensing requirements for a long list of occupations. For instance, should the bill become law, cities could no longer create new local occupational licenses for handyman services.…


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