New Federal Trade Commission economic liberty website

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched an exciting new website for its recently formed Economic Liberty Task Force. Aside from signaling how serious the FTC’s Acting Chairman, Maureen Ohlhausen, is in using the commission’s resources to advocate for occupational … Continue reading

An online review portal could replace some occupational licenses in Washington

Those of us who oppose over-abundant occupational licensing schemes due to the burdens they impose on employment and the economy without supplying many benefits for the public, frequently note that web-based services like Yelp, and Uber and Lyft’s 5-star rating … Continue reading

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

Occupational licensing reform percolating in Florida

Opponents of burdensome occupational licensing laws in Florida may soon have reason to celebrate. Two bills were recently filed in the Florida legislature that would bring some mild, but welcome relief to Floridians seeking to earn a living. In recent … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — January 7, 2016

Supreme Court watch We are waiting for word from the Supreme Court on three of our cases where we are directly representing the petitioners. The Court held its conference on Bennie v. Munn, (retaliation for speaking out for Tea Party) Foster v. Vilsack, (phony … Continue reading

Oklahoma to consider occupational licensing reforms

Earlier this month, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced the formation of a task force to review the state’s occupational licensing requirements. Throughout 2017 the task force will comprehensively review all of Oklahoma’s occupational licenses with an eye toward determining whether the … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — December 10, 2016

PLF supports freedom to work Overcriminalization and environmental law Good decision in California endangered species case Union trespass onto private property Shorelines and the public trust Department of Labor shenanigans challenge Take home liability PLF supports freedom to work Today … 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

California commission recommends major occupational licensing reform

Earlier this month California’s Little Hoover Commission released its report (Jobs for Californians: Strategies to Ease Occupational Licensing Barriers) on occupational licensing in the state. Noting that licensing is often sold as a means to protect consumers while actually serving other … Continue reading