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  • March 11, 1998    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C.-A battle over free speech in print, computer software and over the Internet will get its first court hearing on Thursday, March 12, 1998, in federal court in Washington, D.C. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the federal agency charged with regulating the commodity markets in the U.S., has sought to require anyone who…

  • March 4, 1998    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C.­Las Vegas limousine operators increasingly find themselves behind bars or in front of a judge rather than behind the wheel as a Nevada state agency cracks down on the operator’s right to earn an honest living. But a Washington, D.C.-based public interest law firm is looking to change that. In October 1997, Nevada’s legislature…

  • February 27, 1998    |   Private Property

    Washington, D.C.­In a decision with far-reaching implications for housing inspection programs in Chicago and throughout the country, a federal district court judge struck down major portions of the Illinois Village of Park Forest’s housing inspection law that allowed warrantless “safety” searches of single-family rental homes. “Most people think of their home as a castle, and…

  • February 3, 1998    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C.-In a settlement released today by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Justice, the State of Tennessee settled a long-standing lawsuit on the issue of interracial adoption agreeing to strictly limit the use of race in most adoption placements in the state while discontinuing altogether the practice of “race matching” when it comes to the…

  • October 29, 1997    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C. ­The New York City Council today ignored the urgent pleas of commuter van drivers and their 40,000-plus daily passengers when it imposed a one-year moratorium on the issuance of any new so-called “dollar” van licenses in the city. Overriding a veto by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the City Council voted 35 to 9-one vote…

  • October 6, 1997    |   Educational Choice

    Washington, D.C.—Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan and a group of taxpayers and economically disadvantaged families today filed a motion to intervene to defend the state’s Education Tax Credit Program, which, starting next year, will provide $500 state income tax credits for contributions to private school scholarship programs and $200 for contributions to…

  • October 1, 1997    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C. ­ Across Ohio, hundreds of African Americans may soon be required to license and register their hands with the state or go to jail. No, they’re not martial arts experts. They are African hairbraiders. The Ohio State Board of Cosmetology claims that African-style hairbraiders are “cosmetologists” and as cosmetologists, they must spend 1,500…

  • September 29, 1997    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C. ­The New York City Council today ignored the urgent pleas of commuter van drivers and their 40,000-plus daily passengers when it imposed a one-year moratorium on the issuance of any new so-called “dollar” van licenses in the city. Overriding a veto by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the City Council voted 35 to 9-one vote…

  • September 29, 1997    |   Educational Choice

    Washington, D.C. ­ In response to the Arizona Education Association’s lawsuit, filed today to quash the state’s school tuition tax-credit program, the Institute for Justice announced that it will intervene on behalf of parents, children and taxpayers to preserve the program. The much-needed education reform measure, passed earlier this year and effective January 1, 1998,…

  • September 25, 1997    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C. –In the post-welfare reform world where cities like San Diego are more responsible for moving the poor off welfare and into jobs, a new study released today examines entrepreneurial roadblocks San Diego places in front of entry-level entrepreneurs. Although San Diego’s business climate is more hospitable than many other cities, licensing and credentialing…

  • August 5, 1997    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C. ­ Responding to a groundswell of support from commuter van riders, the general public and the media, the New York City Council today authorized the first commuter van line in Brooklyn. Vincent Cummins’ Brooklyn Van line received authority to operate 20 vans to transport riders throughout the borough. Cummins prevailed after having his…

  • August 5, 1997    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C. ­ Responding to a groundswell of support from commuter van riders, the general public and the media, the New York City Council today authorized the first commuter van line in Brooklyn. Vincent Cummins’ Brooklyn Van line received authority to operate 20 vans to transport riders throughout the borough. Cummins prevailed after having his…

  • July 30, 1997    |   Educational Choice

    Washington, D.C. ­ On July 31, 1997, the Institute for Justice will file a lawsuit that marks a milestone in its efforts to promote parental choice in education. In Bagley v. Town of Raymond, the Institute challenges the exclusion of religious schools from Maine’s school choice program. The case could set an important precedent for…

  • July 30, 1997    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C. ­The latest battle over free speech in print media and on the Internet was launched today when a group of small newsletter publishers, software developers, and Internet users took on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s campaign to license speech. “In America, you do not need permission from the government before offering your opinions,…

  • July 24, 1997    |   Educational Choice

    OHIO SUPREME COURT GRANTS STAY;

    SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAM TO PROCEED

    Washington, D.C. ­ The Ohio Supreme Court today issued a stay of a lower court ruling, thereby allowing the Cleveland school choice program to continue for the coming school year. “This ruling means everything to 2,000 economically disadvantaged children who were in jeopardy of losing their only hope for a decent education,” said Clint Bolick,…

  • July 14, 1997    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C. ­Granting van drivers a New York City Council-approved license to provide “dollar van” service in New York’s outer boroughs will still not allowed them to compete with the city-run bus monopoly. Restrictions on vans barring them from driving along streets where public buses operate, and from picking up passengers who hail them, will…

  • July 14, 1997    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C. ­Granting van drivers a New York City Council-approved license to provide “dollar van” service in New York’s outer boroughs will still not allowed them to compete with the city-run bus monopoly. Restrictions on vans barring them from driving along streets where public buses operate, and from picking up passengers who hail them, will…

  • July 1, 1997    |   Educational Choice

    Washington, D.C. ­The Institute for Justice announced today that it will appeal the adverse school choice ruling issued by the Rutland Superior Court on Friday, June 27. At issue in this case is whether or not the Chittenden Town School District could pay the tuition of any high school student whose parents choose to send…

  • June 25, 1997    |   Educational Choice

    Washington, D.C.-School choice works. That is the finding of a Harvard study released yesterday that examines the test results from participants in the Cleveland School Choice Program. Last year, the researchers found similar gains made by low-income students who participate in Milwaukee’s school choice program. The report demonstrates that standardized test scores reported by the…

  • May 5, 1997    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C. ­Federal district court Judge Rudi M. Brewster last Friday (May 2) denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed in San Diego by African hairbraiders challenging occupational licensing require-ments imposed by the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. “This decision marks an important triumph for the right to earn an honest living,” declared…


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