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Todd F. Gaziano

Chief of Legal Policy and Strategic Research, and Director, Center for the Separation of Powers

Todd Gaziano joined PLF in 2014. He is the Chief of Legal Policy and Strategic Research, and he directs PLF’s Center for the Separation of Powers. Todd has served in … ›

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Jonathan Wood

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Jonathan Wood is an attorney at PLF’s DC Center, where he litigates environmental, property rights, and constitutional cases. He is passionate about finding constitutional, effective, and fair solutions to environmental … ›

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Supreme Court calls for the Solicitor General's views on Rinehart v. California

This morning, the Supreme Court asked the United States’ Solicitor General to weigh in on Rinehart v California, PLF’s challenge to California’s suction dredge mining ban The case raises significant questions about federalism, preemption, and state regulation of federal lands

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Briefing complete on cert. petition in Rinehart v. California

This week, we filed our final brief asking the Supreme Court of the United States to review a challenge to California’s broad ban on suction dredge mining Our client, Brandon Rinehart, was criminally prosecuted for mining his claim on federal land

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California bans suction dredge mining, even on federal lands, despite the fact that Congress encourages mining on federal lands, as it has for more than 150 years In a previous case, the Supreme Court held that states can supplement federal regulation of mining to address environmental impacts But, unsatisfied with this authority, California chose to ban suction dredge mining entirely By taking that unprecedented step, California went Read more

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PLF asks Supreme Court to review challenge to California's mining ban

Nearly two centuries ago, the Supreme Court recognized that the “unavoidable consequence” of the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause is that States have “no power to retard, impede, burden, or in any manner control” federal policies that are otherwise consistent with the Constitution California, unfortunately, has forgotten this important history lesson and needs the Supreme Court to give it a refresher

PLF has filed a petition asking the Court to review a challenge to California’s broad suction dredge mining ban Our client, Brandon Rinehart, is a California miner who was criminally prosecuted for engaging in an activity on federal land that federal law

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