Recent economic liberty op-eds

In case you missed them on PLF’s various social media sites, we had three op-eds published on a number of economic liberty topics this month in newspapers in North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Idaho. The Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — January 14, 2017

Supreme Court grants cert in WOTUS rule case Supreme Court grants review in freedom of contract case Economic liberty case argued at Oregon Supreme Court Warning over manatee listing Brief filed in mobile home park extortion case Non-native wolves are … Continue reading

Missouri court was wrong to allow state to license hair braiders as cosmetologists

Ndioba Niang and Tameka Stigers are professional African-style hair braiders in Missouri. When the Missouri Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners told them that they had to stop practicing their trade unless they underwent hundreds of hours of irrelevant training (and … Continue reading

Oklahoma officials agree to stay enforcement of unconstitutional American Indian art law

There’s some great news out of Oklahoma to announce. Oklahoma officials have agreed to (and the Court has signed off on) a stipulation to stay enforcement of Oklahoma’s American Indian Arts and Crafts Sales Act while PLF’s challenge to the law … Continue reading

Music therapist licensing comes to Oklahoma

Earlier this week I praised Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for forming a task force to review the need for the state to continue licensing so many occupations. Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that a brand new occupational license … Continue reading

Chicago Tribune publishes PLF op-ed on the newest misguided licensing scheme

Occupational licensing has run amok.  Nearly a third of Americans need government permission in the form of a “license,” just to lawfully do their job.  These laws contribute to what Timothy Sandefur has called a “Permission Society,” and they make … Continue reading

PLF argues in Oregon Supreme Court that laws should benefit the public, not cronies

Though occupational licensing laws are often justified in terms of health or safety, studies show that licensing regimes are more often bare attempts by entrenched business interests to protect their market share.  The result of such crony laws is that … Continue reading

Bill to license music therapists in New Jersey refuses to die

Almost a year ago I wrote about a bill pending in the New Jersey legislature that would’ve created an occupational license for music therapists in the state. Fortunately, that bill didn’t make it through the legislature, and the legislative session … Continue reading

PLF challenges Oklahoma law that stifles American Indian artist’s speech and right to earn a living

Peggy Fontenot is an award-winning American Indian photographer and artist, specializing in hand-made beaded jewelry and cultural items. For more than 30 years, Ms. Fontenot has traveled the country to show and sell her American Indian art. Because of Oklahoma’s … Continue reading

New Jersey places a bet on the Constitution

States are not puppets of the federal government, to be manipulated to accomplish whatever policy the federal government might prefer. If they were, both individual liberty and political accountability would be compromised. That’s why our Constitution forbids the feds from … Continue reading