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July 09, 2020

Georgia midwives won’t be fined anymore for calling themselves midwives

Late last year, Debbie Pulley sued the Georgia Board of Nursing after it ordered her to stop describing herself as a Certified Professional Midwife. This week, her challenge came to a successful end after the board agreed to end its speech ban and stop punishing Georgia midwives like Debbie, who accurately describe themselves and their ...

July 07, 2020

The Hill: Supreme Court ensures more educational opportunity for kids

Last week, in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Supreme Court held that states cannot exclude religious schools from tax-credit scholarship programs. Parents who want to send their kids to schools that align with their values cannot be shut out of school choice programs, ensuring more educational opportunity for kids around the country ...

July 07, 2020

How a busking musician in Houston has adapted to COVID-19 shutdowns

Strength, ingenuity, and adaptability are the lifeblood of entrepreneurs and small business owners. In 2020, those qualities have become more essential than ever. Pacific Legal Foundation represents clients from across the country and from every corner of society. But entrepreneurs make up a large portion of PLF's clients because they are very ofte ...

July 02, 2020

American Resilience: Our nation was made to survive tough times like these

In a typical year, the Fourth of July would be an occasion to celebrate America's origins, history and future. Marking the anniversary of our nation's founding should be an opportunity for reflection on the past and optimism about where we're headed. But let's face it: 2020 is not a typical year. The last six months ...

June 24, 2020

Supreme Court must remind law enforcement that not even the police are above the law

In 2015, an armed shoplifter fleeing the police broke into the Lech family's home in Greenwood Village, Colorado. The shoplifter, who chose the Lech's house at random, refused to come out and opened fire on the cops outside. In response, local police used explosives, high-caliber ammunition and a battering ram mounted on a tank-like vehicle ...

June 22, 2020

The Hill: Local governments are undermining state laws that encourage ‘granny flats’

It's well known that California is in the midst of a housing crisis that grows more severe all the time. For decades, we have seen too few homes built, and those that are built are too expensive. The poor and middle class suffer the most from the housing shortage, increasingly finding themselves priced out of ...

June 19, 2020

2020 has hurt minority small business owners the most

2020 feels like it's following Murphy's law: if something can go wrong, it will. The COVID-19 pandemic has killed hundreds of thousands and cost millions more their jobs, businesses, and way of life. Then, when many Americans were getting ready to go back to work and small business owners were getting ready to open back ...

June 15, 2020

The Hill: The First Amendment protects attorneys from compelled speech

Imagine being forced, as the price of doing business, to pay for a trade association's speech on gun control, immigration, abortion, affirmative action, and many other hot-button political issues. That's the situation attorneys in many states face just to do their jobs. Whether or not they agree with the bar association's political and ideological ...

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 ...

June 11, 2020

Governments can’t use COVID-19 as an excuse for arbitrary and unconstitutional policies

This week, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit in Connecticut challenging unconstitutional policies enacted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Until today, PLF has not filed lawsuits challenging shutdown and other emergency orders. As the country has struggled to flatten the curve of infections, our primary strategy has been challenging new ...

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