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Liberty & Law: IJ's Bimonthly Newsletter (October 2010)

Liberty & Law: IJ's Bimonthly Newsletter (October 2010)

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Liberty & Law is published bimonthly by the Institute for Justice, which, through strategic litigation, training, communication, activism and research, advances a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society. IJ litigates to secure economic liberty, school choice, private property rights, freedom of speech and other vital individual liberties, and to restore constitutional limits on the power of government. In addition, IJ trains law students, lawyers and policy activists in the tactics of public interest litigation.

Through these activities, IJ challenges the ideology of the welfare state and illustrates and extends the benefits of freedom to those whose full enjoyment of liberty is denied by government

Editor: John E. Kramer
Layout & Design: Don Wilson
Liberty & Law is published bimonthly by the Institute for Justice, which, through strategic litigation, training, communication, activism and research, advances a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society. IJ litigates to secure economic liberty, school choice, private property rights, freedom of speech and other vital individual liberties, and to restore constitutional limits on the power of government. In addition, IJ trains law students, lawyers and policy activists in the tactics of public interest litigation.

Through these activities, IJ challenges the ideology of the welfare state and illustrates and extends the benefits of freedom to those whose full enjoyment of liberty is denied by government

Editor: John E. Kramer
Layout & Design: Don Wilson

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Volume 19 Issue 5
 Victory Blooms forFloral Entrepreneursin New Orleans
2
Fiscally Responsible:IJ Earns Top Marks for the9th Straight YearFrom Charity Navigator
3
D.C. Tour Guides ChallengeOccupational Licensing Law
6
Persistence Pays:IJ “Clean Elections” CaseCould Head toU.S. Supreme Court
8
October 2010
Published Bimonthly by theInstitute for Justice visit us online:
www.ij.org 
Inside This Issue
By Jeff Rowes
Youknowthatnooneissafefrombureaucratsandindustrycartelswhenthegovernmentstartsgoingaftermonks.Butthat’swhatishappeninginLouisiana,andsoIJhascometotherescueofSaint JosephAbbeyinourlatesteconomiclibertycase.Followinganancienttraditionofself-reliance,AbbotJustinBrownandhis35fellowmonksinCovington,La.,wanttohelpputfoodontheirtablebymakingandsellingsimplewoodencasketstothepublic.Themonkshavemadecasketsforthem-selvesformorethan100yearsanddecidedtolaunchSaintJosephWoodworksinlate2007.Theyhopetomake15to20casketseachmonth.ButtheStateBoardofEmbalmersandFuneralDirectors—whichisdominatedbymembersofthefuneralindustry—sentthemonksaceaseanddesistletterbeforetheysoldevenonecasket.InLouisiana,onemustbeagovernment-licensedfuneraldirectortosellcasketsandthefuneraldirectorsdonotwantcompetitionfromanyone—notevenmonks.Thereisnolegitimatereasontolicensecasketsellers.Acasketisjustabox.Itservesnohealthor
Monks
continued on
page 9
Free the Monks&Free Enterprise
“We are not a wealthy monastery,” said IJ client
 Abbot Justin Brown
, who is fighting for the monks’ right to earn anhonest living. “We want to sell our plain wooden caskets to pay for food, health care and the education of our monks.”
 
2
By Tim Keller
JustmonthsafterfourLouisianafloriststeamedupwiththeInstitutefor Justicetofileaconstitutionalchallengetothestate’sarbitraryfloristlicensingscheme,LouisianaGov.BobbyJindalsignedabilluprootingthelaw’ssubjective“demonstrationexam,”therebyremovingthelargestobstacletowould-befloriststryingtoearnanhonestlivinginthestate.Beforethenewlawpassed,Louisianawastheonlystateinthenationtorequireaspiringfloriststopassbothawrittentestandahighlysubjectivedem-onstrationexam,inwhichbuddingfloristsweregivenfourhourstocreatefourfloralarrangementsthatwerethenjudgedbyapanelofstate-licensedflorists—i.e.,theirfuturecompetitors.Thewrittentestremainsonthebooks(fornow),butitpresentsarelativelyminorgovernmenthoop.Arrangingandsellingflowersisaperfectlyharmlessoccupationthatpres-entsnorisktopublichealthorsafety.Thedemonstrationexamdidnothingbutenableindustryinsiderstoexcludetheirfuturecompetition.Erectingthesetypesofprotectionistbarriersonbehalfofspe-cialinterestsisnotalegitimatepublicpur-pose—itisanabuseofgovernmentpower.IJhighlightedthesubjectiveandanti-competitivenatureoftheexamtimeandtimeagainduringourhighlysuc-cessfulmediacampaign—acampaignspearheadedbyIJ’s
BloomingNonsense 
report(www.ij.org/3101),authoredbyIJ’sDirectorofStrategicResearchDr.DickCarpenter.ThereportdetailedasocialscienceexperimentDickconductedinvolv-ingfloralarrangementsdesignedbybothlicensedLouisianafloristsandunlicensedTexasfloristsandjudgedbyfloristsinbothstates.Theexperimentdemon-stratedthatLouisiana’slicensingschemefailedtopromotequalityforconsumersandinsteadmerelykeptentrepreneursoutofbusinessandlimitedconsumerchoice.Thestudywasaninstantsuccess,andDick,IJPresidentChipMellorandtwoofIJ’sclientsappearedonJohnStossel’sFoxBusinessNetworkprogramontheeveofourcaselaunch.Theprogramtranslatedintofurthermediasuccess.Fromthepagesof
USAToday 
to
CBSEveningNews 
toeditorialpagesthroughoutLouisiana,IJandourclientshammeredhomethefactthatthereisno justificationforalicensingschemethatpreventsevenasingleperson—muchlesssignificantnumbersofpeople—fromwork-ingasaflorist.IJ’sdominatingmediacampaignandgrassrootsorganizingsetthestagefortheLouisianalegislaturetorepealthedemonstrationexambynearlyunanimousvotesinbothlegislativehous-es.Aspiringfloristsnowhavemorefree-domtopursuetheirchosenoccupationfreefromblatantlyanti-competitivegovern-mentinterference.This,plusthefactthatthreeofIJ’sclientshavetakenandpassedthewrittenexamination,ledustodismisstheremainingaspectsofourlegalchallenge.Asyoucanreadonpageoneofthisissueof
Liberty&Law 
,however,IJcontinuestochallengegovernmentofficialsinLouisiana—thistimeonbehalf
IJ clients
Leslie Massony 
, left, and
Monique Chauvin
 are now free to practice their trade without first having toget permission from their competition.
IJ Prunes Louisiana’sFloral Cartel
 
3
October 2010
 
3
October 2010
ofthemonksofSaintJosephAbbey,whosimplywanttosellhand-craftedcaskets—becausethebureaucratsinLouisianamustlearnthereareconstitutionallimitstotheburdensgovernmentmayimposeonhonest,productivelivelihoods.TheLouisianalegislatureshouldnowtakethefinalstepandeliminatethewrittenexaminationforflorists.Untilitdoes,IJwillcontinuetomonitorthewrittenexamtoensurethatitremainsaninsubstantialbarrierforflorists.Thereisnoneedforthegovernmenttotestorlicensewould-beflorists.Theonlypurposeservedbythewrittenexamistoraisefundsforthestatethroughlicensingfeeswhilesettingupanunnecessary—butinthiscasetrivial—barriertoentrepreneurship.Ifnecessary,wearepreparedtofileanewlawsuit.Fornow,however,IJhaseliminatedtherealrootoftheproblem.ThismeansourleadclientMoniqueChauvincanconcentrateongrowinghersmallbusiness,Mitch’sFlowers,inanenvironmentnowmorefreeofneedlessregulation.
u
Tim Keller
is executive director of the IJ Arizona Chapter.
YoursupportoftheInstituteforJusticecontinuestobeasoundinvestmentinliberty.ThispastAugust—forthe
ninth consecutive  year 
—IJearnedan“exceptional”designationandthecoveted4-starratingfromCharityNavigatorfor“itsabilitytoefficientlymanageandgrowitsfinances.”Only
one percent 
ofthe5,500charitiesratedhavereceivednineconsecutive4-starevaluations,indicatingthatIJconsistentlyexecutesitsmissioninafiscallyresponsiblewayand,accordingtoCharityNavigator,“outperformsmostothercharitiesinAmerica.”Wearegratefultoeveryonewhomakesourworkpossibleandthussharesinthisrec-ognition.Wewillcontinuetostriveeachdaytomaintainthishighstandardofeffective-ness.Formoreinformation,visit
 www 
 
.CharityNavigator.org.
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NINE EARS
 
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OU S A S
IJ in Top 1%Of U.S. Charities
The Institute Earns 9thConsecutive 4-Star Rating fromCharity Navigator 
IJ’s combined approach of cutting-edge litiga-tion, effective media relations and strategicresearch—including our
Blooming Nonsense 
report (available at www.ij.org/3101)—helpedconvince Louisiana lawmakers to free would-be florists in the state.

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