Florida music therapy bills die by inaction

Future music therapists in Florida–and their clients–can breathe a sigh of relief for one more year. Last Friday, March 11, the 2016 Florida legislative session ended before two bills that would have imposed onerous new regulations on the music therapy … 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

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

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

Economic liberty: the best way to help the poor

An unfolding tragedy in Washington state demonstrates how freedom serves the poor better than government ever will. Washington faces a dental crisis for the poor. Dentists routinely decline to serve patients who are on Medicaid because Medicaid fronts only a … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — December 18, 2015

Victory for contracting rights This week, in DirectTV v. Imburgia, the Supreme Court overturned, again, a California rule limiting freedom of contract.  You can read the decision here. California courts have had an unfortunate habit of throwing out arbitration clauses in contracts, … Continue reading

States can’t license free speech by calling it “conduct”

On Tuesday I’ll be arguing our case in Young v. Ricketts in front of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Our client, Leslie Young, is an internet-entrepreneur based in California, and she provides advertising services for people who want to … Continue reading

Written comments submitted to New Jersey Assembly committee opposing new music therapist license

Here at PLF we see a lot of crazy government regulations. New Jersey is home to the latest sighting. Today, the New Jersey Assembly is considering creating an occupational license for music therapists. If you’ll recall, I recently blogged about the … Continue reading

Like a good neighbor…: the Supreme Court must enforce limits on state regulation of interstate commerce

We’ve filed a brief in the Supreme Court, on behalf of PLF, the Cato Institute, National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center, and Reason Foundation, asking it to take up a case challenging state regulations of commerce occurring … Continue reading

UPDATED: Andy Caldwell discusses PLF’s Obamacare petition at the Supreme Court

Tune in today at 4:30 pm PST to hear Andy Caldwell and I discuss PLF’s Obamacare case, which the Supreme Court will consider taking up this term.  We’ll also be discussing some of PLF’s occupational licensing cases and our Economic … Continue reading