Arizona’s crazy abusive civil forfeiture law

Many states throughout the country have terribly abusive and unconstitutional civil asset forfeiture laws. These laws unfairly stack the deck against innocent property owners by presuming their property is guilty of a crime and forcing the owner to prove innocence … Continue reading

Arizona Supreme Court rules that legislators can challenge Gov. Brewer’s illegal Medicaid tax

The Arizona Supreme Court said goodbye to outgoing governor Jan Brewer by upholding the right of legislators to challenge her illegal Medicaid expansion efforts. Last year, Brewer and her supporters engineered an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program pursuant to Obamacare—bizarrely, … Continue reading

Arizona can’t avoid a supermajority voting requirement just because it wants to

Today we filed an amicus brief in a case challenging Arizona’s Medicaid expansion.  Like California (and many other states), Arizona’s constitution requires that all taxes be passed by a supermajority vote—in this case, 2/3 of the legislature.  The Medicaid expansion included … Continue reading

States resisting the feds—immigration and Obamacare

The Supreme Court today heard oral arguments about Arizona’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration. That state’s law gives police officers the duty to check identification and take other steps to enforce federal immigration laws which, the state argues, … Continue reading

PLF and Goldwater Institute vindicate private property rights in Arizona

On Thursday, March 28, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law H.B. 2319, a bill which eliminates a nasty procedural hurdle for property owners who seek just compensation under that state’s Private Property Rights Protection Act (Proposition 207). You might … Continue reading