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  • 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.…

  • April 26, 2021    |   Educational Choice

    Florida Legislature Approves School Choice Scholarship Expansion

    Newly passed bill further cements Florida as a national leader on educational choice

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The Institute for Justice (IJ), which defends educational choice programs nationwide, applauds the Florida Legislature for its passage of House Bill 7045, legislation that will strengthen choice in the state by simplifying and expanding existing scholarship programs. This includes expanding the Family Empowerment Scholarship and increasing access to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship—already one…

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