In addition to fighting in court on behalf of small business owners, educational choice advocates, property owners and free speech issues, the Institute for Justice has a legislative team working to make changes at the local and state government levels.

IJ advocates on behalf of property owners, entrepreneurs and others whose homes, livelihoods and freedom of speech are threatened by pointless, overreaching and unnecessary government regulation. Our legislative team engages in carefully selected efforts across the country to pass pro-liberty legislation and defeat anti-liberty legislation by employing IJ’s arsenal of legal analysis, strategic communications, activism and research.

Sometimes we stand alone at state capitols and city council meetings as the only advocates of government reducing the things it does. In other cases, we join forces with other organizations to advance liberty.

Legislation is not always enacted in one legislative session. To ensure long run success, IJ’s legislative efforts will always be principled, researched-based and honestly presented. Importantly, we begin every legislative effort with a clear understanding of both what freedoms we want to achieve and when we will walk away because the proposed compromise violates our principles.

Legislative Highlights for Civil Forfeiture

State Occupational Licensing Reforms for People with Criminal Records

Recent Reforms for State Cottage Food and Food Freedom Laws 

Model Legislation

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