Supreme Court stays EPA Clean Power Plan

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court today granted applications to stay EPA’s Clean Power Plan, pending resolution of multiple challenges filed by about half of the states and dozens of private parties in the D.C. Circuit, where the court of … Continue reading

Policymakers considering occupational licensing changes?

This week, two different committees of legislative policymakers met to discuss the impact of occupational licensing on entrepreneurs and the economy. On Tuesday, the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights took up the issue, … Continue reading

Clean power plan update

In an events-filled blogging day, here’s another important development.  The D.C. Circuit denied motions by numerous state and private party petitioners to stay the Clean Power Plan pending resolution of the legal challenges.  At the same time, the court granted motions for expedited … Continue reading

Almost 100 years later, Prohibition’s legacy stifles economic opportunity

After the 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition, states regained control over alcohol sales.  Unfortunately, interest groups and angry temperance supporters swiftly harnessed the states’ new power to pass anti-competitive laws in their favor. 100 years later, the alcoholic beverage industry is … Continue reading

Nevada needs economic liberty

A successful limousine company with a proven safety record shouldn’t have to get permission before expanding its fleet. But in Nevada, the Transportation Authority requires businesses to first seek permission from their competitors before expanding. This type of occupational licensing law, … Continue reading

Supreme Court Justices and Members of Congress will discuss Sissel case this week

After five-and-a-half years of litigation and advocacy by PLF, Matt Sissel’s constitutional challenge to ObamaCare will be reviewed and discussed at the highest levels of the federal government, at least in the two branches not headed by someone named Obama. … Continue reading

Debates over occupational licensing must remember the Constitution

A debate recently appeared in the editorial pages of the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota. Articles were written in favor of and opposed to occupational licensing in the state. Because neither piece discussed the constitutional ramifications of occupational licensing, … Continue reading

Comments submitted to Florida House of Representatives subcommittee opposing music therapist registration

Round two of PLF’s continuing crusade to stop the enactment of new licensing laws for music therapists has begun. As I’ve previously mentioned, music therapist organizations are pushing for various licensing regulations in eight states. Seeking to educate lawmakers on … Continue reading