School Choice Champions Earn Major Victory in SCOTUS’ Espinoza Decision

Today, in a landmark victory for First Amendment and school choice champions, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued a ruling in one of the most anticipated cases of this term, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. At issue was whether Montana violated the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause by prohibiting families who choose to enroll…

Pelican Files Brief in California Property Rights Case

What if the government forced you to rent out property you own to a virtual stranger for his or her lifetime? The Pelican Institute’s Center for Justice recently filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Peyman Pakdel’s petition for rehearing en banc pending in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The lawsuit implicates the…

Lawyer, CNN Commentator Joins PeliCast to Talk Constitutional Role During COVID-19

CNN political analyst Sarah Isgur recently joined Pelican Institute General Counsel Sarah Harbison on the PeliCast to discuss whether state and local governments’ emergency responses to the COVID-19 outbreak pass constitutional muster. In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued an executive order on March 16 cancelling all public and private gatherings. Governor John Bel Edwards…

Thoughts on Legislative Session Pause Over COVID-19

Today, the Louisiana State Legislature voted to pause the current legislative session over the continued and rapidly moving fallout from the worldwide spread of COVID-19. The Pelican Institute understands the legislature’s decision to proceed cautiously and appreciates the diligent work by national, state, and local leaders to limit the continued spread of the virus. Uncertain…

Union Members Deserve to Know How Their Money is Spent

For years, the Pelican Institute has maintained its position as an outspoken advocate for transparency in government. Whether it has been education spending or spending on construction projects, the Pelican Institute believes you should know where your hard-earned tax dollars are going. It was with this principle in mind that the Pelican Institute recently submitted…

You Shouldn’t Need a License to Speak

The very idea of needing a license to speak is shocking to most Americans. After all, most Americans know the First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees us the right to speak our minds. Yet despite this constitutional guarantee, there are state officials around the country claiming that in order to speak in some contexts, you…

Pelican Institute Speaks Out in Favor of Free Speech Rights in IRS Testimony

On Friday, Eric Peterson, director of policy for the Pelican Institute, testified in favor of a rule change the IRS is considering regarding non-profits and free speech. If the rule change was implemented, supporters of most non-profit organizations would no longer have their personal information, such as their home address, collected by the IRS. In…

Pelican Institute Joins Coalition Opposing California Privacy Legislation

Should the legislature of California get a say over how you use the internet? On its face, this seems ridiculous. After all, the legislators of California should have no say in the lives of the people of Louisiana. That’s the very idea of federalism. Yet, a new law passed in California has the ability to…

Pelican Institute Comments on Privacy Rights, New IRS Rule

The right to support organizations that you believe in is a core American principle. The First Amendment supports our rights to associate and financially support groups and causes we believe in. But due to today’s political climate, many people are worried that supporting the causes they believe in could result in them facing harassment or…

Constitutional Reform Needed to Bring Jobs and Opportunity to Louisiana

In the last week, there has been a rise in discussion throughout Louisiana over what a potential Constitutional Convention would mean for our state. As is the case with so many other policy debates in Louisiana, entrenched special interests and others benefitting from the current system have predictably started disseminating exaggerated and, in some cases,…