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July 19, 2019

Dry creek beds aren’t navigable water, no matter what the EPA says

Curtis Martin is a rancher. Scenic hills surround his remote Oregon farmland, where he grazes his livestock and grows feed for them. Curtis, and thousands like him across our nation, feed America and the world. Farming is a risky venture. Curtis can't control the weather, crop prices, equipment costs, or the price he will get ...

July 18, 2019

Championing happy hour (in Virginia and beyond)

The Happy Hour: An opportunity to imbibe a modestly priced cocktail with friends and colleagues. Or as Virginia bureaucrats would describe it: An opportunity for bars and restaurants to lure unsuspecting passersby with dangerous alcohol. For years, Virginia restaurants and bars were banned from advertising happy hour drink prices or from using any ...

July 17, 2019

PLF Senate testimony: Congress must rein in unconstitutional bureaucratic rulemaking

Today, the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight & Emergency Management held a hearing on PLF’s recent report showing how a majority of rules made by the Department of Health and Human Services are unconstitutional. One of the report authors, PLF Attorney Thomas Berry, testified during the hearing about the serious need to bri ...

July 17, 2019

PLF at Senate hearing: Bureaucrats have to follow the rules, too

Earlier this year, Pacific Legal Foundation published a first-of-its-kind study finding that, over the past 17 years, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a majority of its rules unconstitutionally. Our report, "But Who Rules the Rulemakers? A Study of Illegally Issued Regulations at HHS," found that almost three-quarters of the ...

July 16, 2019

Fighting unconstitutional government bureaucracy

Dennisa Moore of Mesquite, Texas, smoked for 35 years before she was able to quit with the help of vaporizers, devices that heat flavored liquids for inhaling without the harmful byproducts of combustion smoke. Encouraged by her own success, Dennisa launched Joosie Vapes, a small business that sells vaping products, and for several years, Dennisa ...

July 16, 2019

The Hill: The buck stops here: How to restore accountability to the federal regulatory system

On President Harry Truman's desk in the Oval Office sat a sign that read, famously, "The buck stops here." That four-word motto clearly articulated the fundamental principle of accountability — Truman understood that when it came time to make a decision, it was his responsibility, and he would answer for the consequences. Most of us ...