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Author: Anastasia Boden

July 17, 2020

The Orange County Register: Newsom, Cosmetology Board should open minds, heads, and doors to the great outdoors

On March 19, 2020, Gov. Newsom issued a stay-at-home and shutdown order, dramatically changing our way of life. The shutdown order was catastrophic for many businesses and their employees, and even worse for the personal services industry, as salons, barbershops, nail salons, and other personal care providers were among the last allowed to reopen. ...

June 15, 2020

The Sun Sentinel: Florida ambulances need flexibility to serve consumers both now and after the pandemic

As Florida re-opens the economy, no one knows quite what to expect. But one thing that's clear is that medical providers must be ready to respond to whatever comes — and quickly. Unfortunately, the state's certificate of need laws stand in the way. Just months ago, Florida's certificate of need requirement prevented a Naples-based ambulance ...

May 19, 2020

Napa County art gallery objects to arbitrary reopening order

Today Pacific Legal Foundation is putting Governor Gavin Newsom and Napa County officials on notice that their reopening plans are arbitrarily depriving individuals of their ability to responsibly resume business, which presents serious constitutional concerns. We've written this letter in support of Quent and Linda Cordair, owners of Quent Cordair ...

May 15, 2020

Santa Clara, California’s misguided ban on COVID-19-safe parades

The County of Santa Clara, California, recently banned peaceful and safe caravans, car parades, and other "drive through" celebrations in an attempt to combat COVID-19. But these events pose little public safety threat and have become a popular way of celebrating during the pandemic. To take just one example, in the wake of many high ...

May 01, 2020

The Wall Street Journal: Government’s Ambulance Chasers

In most states, ‘certificate-of-need' laws stand in the way of new medical facilities and services. One of the most essential responses to a pandemic is ensuring medical providers can adapt quickly to meet new demands. Yet recently an all-female EMT brigade in New York, a family-run ambulance business in Ohio and a fifth-generation ambulance comp ...

April 30, 2020

COVID-19 increases calls to repeal certificate of need laws that limit state’s medical capacities

Medical services are critical during the coronavirus pandemic. But many states artificially limit the number of providers by requiring businesses prove their services are "needed." And who gets to weigh in on that decision? Not their prospective customers, but their established competitors. The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Mollie Willi ...

April 06, 2020

Fox Business: Coronavirus puts absurdity of inflexible government regulations in sharp relief

Phillip Truesdell is ready, willing, and able to help with the current pandemic. Together with his family, Phillip operates an ambulance company in Aberdeen, Ohio. With seven trucks, he's well-positioned to take people to the hospital or medical appointments not only in his home state but also a mile away in Kentucky. But the Truesdells ...

February 10, 2020

The Hill: Mandatory ‘woman quotas’ undermine Justice Ginsburg’s fight for equality

In the opening scene of the documentary "RBG," Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg famously quotes abolitionist-feminist Sarah Grimke. "I ask no favor for my sex," she says. "All I ask of my brethren is that they take their feet off our necks." Sadly, this view of equality is falling out of vogue.  To some ...

November 19, 2019

California’s ‘woman quota’ for corporate boards is an offense against equality and women. Here’s why we’re challenging it.

The online news publication Vox recently brought attention to our lawsuit challenging California's "woman quota" for the boards of publicly traded companies. We're grateful that the article's author, Alexia Fernández Campbell, engages in a thoughtful debate rather than resorting to ad hominem attacks. Still, her article misstates key facts about t ...

October 04, 2019

The Wall Street Journal: Kentucky’s Ambulance Cartel Is Afraid of Phillip Truesdell

Legacy Medical Transport's owner goes to court against a law protecting incumbent firms from competition. Phillip Truesdell is in the nonemergency ambulance business. When people are confined to a stretcher, need an intravenous bag, or are undergoing dialysis, they can't simply hop into an Uber. They need an ambulance to get around. It's an essenti ...