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September 18, 2018

Food freedom for street vendors and consumers in California

While the football in UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium is often ugly, 2017’s game against Weber State occurred on a beautiful fall day. The independent food vendors were out in force serving hungry and grateful game goers hotdogs, pizza, and sodas. Unfortunately, the UC police department got in the way. In a scene all too common ...

August 22, 2018

California Legislature finally gets something right

According to the English political philosopher John Locke, “The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom.” And while we may know and accept Locke’s truthful observation intuitively, actual political institutions all too often fall short of this ideal. Especially in “The People’s Rep ...

August 09, 2018

Uber/Lyft drivers taken for a ride at the 9th Circuit

Back in November, PLF filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit regarding Clark v. Seattle, a case concerning a 2015 enactment by the Seattle City Council (at the behest of the Teamsters) of a first-in-the-nation Ordinance allowing unions to insert themselves as exclusive representatives to collectively negotiate cont ...

July 08, 2018

Marking 150 years of the Fourteenth Amendment

This year, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Fourteenth Amendment's adoption. That amendment fulfilled the Declaration of Independence's promise of inalienable individual rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and government dedicated to the protection of those rights. It did so by guaranteeing our rights against the states, ...

June 22, 2018

Bill to protect work licenses of student loan debtors is welcome development

Originally published by The Hill June 22, 2018. Americans owe nearly $1.5 trillion in student loans, with the average borrower owing around $30,000. Unfortunately, because of a number of factors, about 5 million Americans are in default on those loans. Worse still, a perverse policy underlying many state laws almost ensures that many of those ...

June 08, 2018

Why does Florida require people to use outdated hearing aid technology?

Technology has made leaps and bounds since the original hearing aid—aka the ear trumpet—came onto the market.  Nowadays, state-of-the-art hearing aids are sophisticated enough to allow users to fit and tune the devices themselves using iPhones, tablets, or home computers.  In theory, hearing aids should more accessible than ever; one ...