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Economic Liberty

May 22, 2015

Explore the Competitor’s Veto

We’ve released a bunch of fun materials to familiarize people with those unfair and unconstitutional statutes—and to show exactly what PLF is doing to fight them. This video explains where the Competitor’s Veto came from in just 60 seconds. We released this infographic, which explain our new lawsuit in the birthplace of the Consti ...

January 01, 2017

Time for North Dakota’s music therapy license to go

Nearly 27 percent of North Dakotans can’t work unless they have a license from the government. But many of these government permission slips are needless: they create red tape that serves to protect industry insiders from competition, not the health or safety of the public. Take North Dakota’s requirement that music therapists be licens ...

January 05, 2017

Oklahoma officials agree to stay enforcement of unconstitutional American Indian art law

There’s some great news out of Oklahoma to announce. Oklahoma officials have agreed to (and the Court has signed off on) a stipulation to stay enforcement of Oklahoma’s American Indian Arts and Crafts Sales Act while PLF’s challenge to the law is pending. If you’ll recall, in November PLF challenged that law on behalf of a ...

January 08, 2017

Why won’t Oklahoma let American Indian artists say they’re American Indian artists?

For over 30 years, Peggy Fontenot has sold her beadwork and photographs at American Indian art shows across the country. But this year, at the behest of politically connected tribes, Oklahoma passed a law that prohibits anyone who is not a member of a federally recognized tribe from marketing their art as "American Indian-made." This ...

January 10, 2017

PLF argues at Oregon Supreme Court: people have a right to compete

Today I’ll argue this economic liberty case on behalf of David Hansen at the Oregon Supreme Court. David studied architecture at the University of Idaho.  After college, he worked at various architectural firms doing design work.  Later, David and a partner started their own firm—Twist Architecture—to use their skills while pursuing lic ...

January 10, 2017

Missouri court was wrong to allow state to license hair braiders as cosmetologists

Ndioba Niang and Tameka Stigers are professional African-style hair braiders in Missouri. When the Missouri Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners told them that they had to stop practicing their trade unless they underwent hundreds of hours of irrelevant training (and paid thousands of dollars for the trouble) to be licensed as cosmetologists ...