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June 26, 2013

St. Louis license requirement has street performers singing the blues

The Missouri Watchdog had this article yesterday about the lawsuit challenging St. Louis’ requirement that street performers audition before a city official before they can get licenses to perform. We filed a friend of the court brief arguing that the law is unconstitutionally vague even aside from its obvious First Amendment problems. From ...

June 17, 2013

PLF joins with ACLU to defend the rights of St. Louis street performers

If you want to play a guitar on a street corner in St. Louis, you have to get a license. That's not so unusual—but what is unusual is that unlike just about any other place, in St. Louis you also have to audition before a city bureaucrat, who gets to decide whether or not you're ...

March 14, 2013

What abolishing Missouri's mover licensing cartel has meant

The Missouri Department of Transportation issued its annual report in January, which among other things talks about how long it takes to get a license to operate a moving company. You can compare it to last year's report. Now, remember that we sued the state to challenge the constitutionality of its mover licensing law, and ...

May 18, 2012

Missouri legislature passes bill to repeal the state’s mover monopoly

This afternoon, in the final hours of the legislative session, Missouri lawmakers passed two bills, SB 470 and HB 1402, both of which repeal the state's anti-competitive laws regulating moving companies. This came in direct response to PLF's lawsuit challenging these laws on behalf of St. Louis businessman Michael Munie. The bills would eliminate t ...

February 06, 2012

No working–by order of the Licensing Board

Even while PLF challenges the constitutionality of Missouri’s anti-competitive licensing law for movers, the state is considering adopting still more restrictions on the right to earn a living. ...

January 17, 2012

Rescuing the right to earn a living in Missouri

Today we filed this motion in the case of St. Louis entrepreneur Michael Munie, asking the court to strike down a Missouri state law that essentially forbids anyone from going into the moving business without first getting permission from the existing moving companies. To be more precise, it's illegal to run a moving company without getting ...