Federal courts can hold Forest Service accountable for fire conditions

Across the western United States, intense forest fires rage every summer, blackening millions of acres. One of the factors in the severity of these fires is the fuel conditions prevailing on many national forests.  For many decades the Forest Service has … Continue reading

Can Congress grant a state a monopoly over an industry at the expense of the rest of the nation?

Today, PLF and the Cato Institute filed this brief supporting New Jersey’s cert. petition in its challenge to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)’s grant to Nevada of a monopoly on sports-gambling. This federal statute was adopted in 1992 and … Continue reading

PLF’s Timothy Sandefur talks with Armstrong & Getty about Jon Stewart, EPA, the Constitution…

I was on the Armstrong & Getty program this morning to talk about some important Supreme Court environmental law cases that are pending now, about my new book, The Conscience of The Constitution–and about why Jon Stewart is wrong to ridicule … Continue reading

PLF files amicus brief in Supreme Court in support of State of Alaska

The State of Alaska has asked the United States Supreme Court to review a decision of the Ninth Circuit which says that the federal government, instead of the state, has the power to regulate hunting and fishing in navigable waters … 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

Obamacare and the states: the constitutionality of Medicaid expansion

In addition to the constitutionality of the Individual Mandate, the Supreme Court will also be considering the constitutionality of PPACA’s Medicaid expansion provisions. PLF filed a brief on this issue which you can read about here. The Medicaid issue centers … Continue reading

Changing the way we change: Is reforming the constitutional amendment process the key to restoring federalism?

The federal government, although originally vested with only limited powers, has greatly expanded its reach over time.  Examples abound: the health insurance individual mandate, federal regulation of land use as a consequence of the Endangered Species Act, and centralized control … Continue reading