Helping cottage food vendors out of an Alaskan pickle

PLF receives requests for assistance all the time. Although any request may turn into a major civil rights lawsuit, we must turn down the vast majority of these requests. PLF subsists on the generous contributions of our donors, and we need … 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

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

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

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

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

For entrepreneurs, parents, and property owners, every day is Constitution Day

The Washington Times and New Hampshire Union Leader have published my Constitution Day op-ed, which details why the Constitution is vital—not just today, but every day.  The Constitution is what makes PLF’s job possible, and allows us to fight back … Continue reading