When legislatures violate your rights, who’s going to stop them?

Today, PLF urged the Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal to take up its duty to protect individual rights, and to enforce the state constitution’s protections for economic liberty. Occupational licensing has run amok.  As a White House Report recently … Continue reading

Licensing of landscapers set to change in Oregon

Oregon is one of the few states that requires landscape contractors to be licensed. One of Oregon’s requirements is that aspiring landscapers must pass a written exam. The Pacific Legal Foundation is generally opposed to anti-competitive occupational licensing laws, which … Continue reading

“Inclusionary housing” vs. the Constitution on Courting Liberty

PLF and the California Building Industry Association have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review San Jose’s “inclusionary housing” law. It punishes providers of new homes – and violates the Constitution’s ban on takings – by forcing homebuilders to set aside … Continue reading

WSJ applauds White House report on occupational licensing, sorta

The Wall Street Journal‘s editorial page applauds the White House’s recent report on the problems with occupational licensing, though it does so grudgingly: “Liberals are slowly discovering that the regulatory state they helped create undermines job creation and income growth, … Continue reading

Second Circuit upholds protectionist teeth-whitening policy in Sensational Smiles v. Mullen

In a recent disappointing opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the Connecticut Dental Commission’s policy of restricting the use of LED teeth-whitening lights to licensed dentists – despite the fact that dentists are not trained … Continue reading

Look how many people have to get government permission just to have a job

Last week’s White House report on occupational licensing laws details some offers some disturbing information about how these laws restrict economic opportunity for entrepreneurs, and raise the cost of living for consumers. Some highlights: More than a quarter, and possibly … Continue reading

White House licensing report: what about the Competitor’s Veto?

One thing the White House’s report on occupational licensing laws unfortunately left out completely is Competitor’s Veto laws: laws that forbid people from entering a business not because they are unskilled or unqualified, but solely and explicitly because existing businesses … Continue reading

White House licensing report: one bad recommendation

The new report from the White House about the problems with occupational licensing laws is a great step forward, given how little attention is paid to the fundamental human right of every person to earn a living without unreasonable government … Continue reading

White House licensing report: what can the feds do to protect the right to earn a living?

Last week, the Obama Administration released a report on the effects of occupational licensing, and calling for reforms that would better protect the rights of entrepreneurs and workers to earn a living without unreasonable government interference. This is a gratifying … Continue reading

The government can’t call speech “conduct,” then require a license for it

If the First Amendment means anything, it means the right to speak freely without asking for permission first. Yet in Nebraska, you have to get a government license before advertising.  PLF client Leslie Young helps people to sell their homes … Continue reading