TECH NEWS: Louisiana Needs Drone Delivery Now

To reduce the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, many Louisianans are foregoing shopping in stores and are instead, ordering their necessities online through services like Amazon, Postmates, and Instacart. But these delivered goods are still interacting with human handlers multiple times before they make it to consumers. What if there was a way to…

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 Releases Principles on Emerging Technology Issues for State Lawmakers

As state legislative sessions get underway across the country, the Pelican Center for Technology and Innovation released “Principles for Lawmakers: How to Think About Emerging Technologies,” a deep dive policy paper to give tips and advice to policymakers on the subject. In it, we lay out how important the light regulatory touch has been at…

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 Encourages FCC to Close the Digital Divide

Coming off the Pelican Institute’s second annual Solutions Summit, where policy experts from across the state and nation gathered to discuss important policy issues in Louisiana, the Pelican Institute released two statements on closing the digital divide by providing Louisianans access to affordable broadband internet. The Pelican Center for Technology and Innovation recently signed onto…

Vaping Regulations Would Stifle Opportunity for Louisianans

This week, the Pelican Institute joined groups around the country in signing a letter opposing efforts by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban flavored e-cigarette or vaping products. Although there has been concerns over the recent health scares relating to these products, in all cases, the immediate health damage has been due to…

Missed Opportunities During Legislative Session Increases Importance of Fall 2019 Elections

With the 2019 regular legislative session coming to a close this week, the Pelican Institute wants to take some time to reflect on the victories achieved and opportunities missed by lawmakers. This was an abbreviated legislative session and that, combined with rapidly approaching fall elections, made chances for the possibility of enacting transformational policy reforms…