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Author: Mollie Riddle

May 05, 2021

Houston Chronicle: Make busking protected speech in all of Houston, not just the Theater District

Tony Barilla is an accomplished accordion player who wants to busk — that is, to perform in public for tips — on the streets of Houston. Many of the world's great cities like New York, Paris, London and New Orleans are known for their robust busking cultures. Street performers and their music make these cities ...

June 04, 2020

Florida rightly suspended its certificate of need laws during COVID-19

In an emergency order, Florida’s Surgeon General Scott Rivkees has suspended Florida's Certificate of Need requirement for ambulances. This is an encouraging development for both consumers and healthcare entrepreneurs, and a change that the state legislature should make permanent. As PLF explained in a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis, on beha ...

April 22, 2019

Why a major Clean Water Act regulation is unconstitutionally broad

The Clean Water Act protects the navigable waters of the United States. One of the ways it does this is by prohibiting the discharge of pollutants to these waters. These are important aims, but the current definition of "navigable waters" is unconstitutionally broad. This overbroad definition means that ordinary activities like farming, digging pon ...

February 20, 2019

All students deserve a quality education—no matter the color of their skin

Students are being turned away from some of Connecticut's best schools simply because they have the wrong skin color. Connecticut law caps Black and Hispanic student enrollment at its world-class magnet schools at no more than 75%. This blatant racial quota is an unconstitutional outgrowth of a lawsuit involving Hartford schools. The Connecticut Ge ...

January 25, 2019

Kentucky law stifles ambulance competition and hurts emergency care

Originally published in the Courier-Journal, January 25, 2019. In Kentucky, six counties, each with more than 50,000 residents, have just one ambulance service. In a medical emergency, time is of the essence — but a lack of ambulance providers threatens to prevent the residents of these counties from getting timely emergency care. Welcome to the ...

October 11, 2018

PLF supports en banc rehearing of Ninth Circuit ruling in compelled disclosure law challenge

We filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit supporting en banc rehearing in the case of Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra. We argue that the panel's decision to uphold California's donor disclosure law invites donor harassment, undermines free speech, and harms nonprofits nationwide. We urge the court to reconsider this case because ...

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