Legal & Regulatory

To bring jobs and opportunity back to Louisiana, the state needs to ensure a friendly, fair, and legally consistent legal and regulatory environment. Louisiana’s history of litigation abuse and government red tape continues to stifle opportunities for job seekers and working families to find good-paying jobs as businesses flee Louisiana for states with fairer, more predictable policies. Louisiana’s burdensome regulations and state government overreach only hinders our ability to create quality jobs for hard-working Louisiana families. Regulatory reform that limit strict government oversight is necessary to prevent jobs and opportunity from fleeing Louisiana to neighboring states currently experiencing economic booms.

163,000 State Regulations Stifle Opportunity in Louisiana

163,000 State Regulations Stifle Opportunity in Louisiana

Last week, A new report from FreedomWorks Foundation came out grading all 50 states on the openness and transparency of their regulatory processes. While laws are passed through the legislative process, regulations are created by government agencies not always subject to check by the people, even though most go through a comment period or some...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

How Does a Veto Override Session Work?

How Does a Veto Override Session Work?

It’s official. As of midnight on Thursday, July 15, 2021, the Louisiana legislature is heading into its first-ever veto session. Legislators will meet to consider the 28 bills passed this session that were subsequently vetoed by the governor. Among the bills vetoed are a fiscal transparency requirement for school boards, a bill that would allow...

By Sarah Harbison

Changes to the Public Records Request Laws are a Potential Roadblock to Government Transparency

Changes to the Public Records Request Laws are a Potential Roadblock to Government Transparency

Louisiana’s public records statutes are designed to facilitate, rather than hinder, public access to records. In enacting these statutes, the legislature recognized that the public has a right to know about the decisions and deliberations that are part of the policy-making process. Unfortunately, a bill that would annihilate public access to government records is currently...

By Sarah Harbison

Its Time to Bring Reform to the River Pilots

Its Time to Bring Reform to the River Pilots

Louisiana has a long history of boards and commissions that lock out competition and exert enormous political pressure. The board that oversees river boat pilots on the Mississippi River is the clearest example of a system that hinders true government reform that our state desperately needs. Never heard of the river boat pilot board? You’re...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Emergency Powers Bill Passes Committee, Statement from Pelican CEO

Emergency Powers Bill Passes Committee, Statement from Pelican CEO

Today, the Louisiana House and Government Affairs Committee passed House Bill 4, which will add checks and balances to Louisiana’s emergency declarations process. Pelican Institute CEO Daniel Erspamer released the following statement in response to the passage of the legislation: “Balancing executive power in Louisiana’s emergency declarations process has become one of the most consequential issues...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Protect Life and Liberty in a Pandemic

Protect Life and Liberty in a Pandemic

Did Louisiana’s government infringe on the rights of its citizens with its COVID-19 mandates? Today, the Pelican Institute released a report to answer that question and offer approaches for addressing the ongoing pandemic and future disasters while safeguarding both public health and individual liberty. In future legislative sessions, lawmakers should consider the lessons learned from...

By Sarah Harbison

Officials Misusing the Term Monopoly to Further Political Goals

Officials Misusing the Term Monopoly to Further Political Goals

Last Wednesday’s Congressional antitrust hearing often had little to do with actual discussions of antitrust and instead, served as a platform for Congress to air their pet grievances to some of the nation’s largest tech firms. During the more than four-hour hearing, I couldn’t help thinking of the Inigo Montoya’s often quoted line from The...

Victory in Fight Against Lawsuit Abuse in Louisiana

Victory in Fight Against Lawsuit Abuse in Louisiana

On Thursday, Governor John Bel Edwards signed House Speaker Clay Schexnayder’s HB 57, which will help to lessen lawsuit abuse and lift the burden it places on Louisianans. With citizens across the state demanding solutions to lessen the harm caused by lawsuit abuse, this legislation earned widespread support in both the House and the Senate...

Pelican Applauds Legislature on Passage of Significant Legal Reform

Pelican Applauds Legislature on Passage of Significant Legal Reform

Today, the Louisiana Legislature passed HB 57 by Speaker Clay Schexnayder, the Civil Justice Reform Act of 2020, in an overwhelming majority. HB 57 is a major victory for curbing lawsuit abuse and lessening the personal financial pain it causes, as well as its damaging effects to our state’s economy The following is a statement from...

Pelican Statement: Governor Vetoes Key Legal Reform

Pelican Statement: Governor Vetoes Key Legal Reform

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed a critical piece of legal reform legislation. Louisiana’s judiciary has adopted a practice to ignore legal liability limits and other protections, instead allowing aggressive plaintiffs to sue entrepreneurs of all sizes. This impacts everyone from small mom and pop shops to large oil and gas companies. HB 313 by Representative...

To Reverse Its Course, Louisiana Must Have Lawsuit Reform

To Reverse Its Course, Louisiana Must Have Lawsuit Reform

Louisiana has a problem. With the release of each new job and economic growth report, we get more evidence of our state falling further behind the rest of the nation in nearly every category. Unsurprisingly, jobs are the most reported reason people are giving for leaving Louisiana. While there are many culprits for the departure...

Another Study Proves the Need for Louisiana Legal Reform

Another Study Proves the Need for Louisiana Legal Reform

It’s become common for Louisianans to experience sticker shock while paying their car insurance bills. We all know insurance rates are too high and that lawsuit abuse is the root cause of the problem. But what many don’t know is that the continued abuse of our legal system is also leading to many of the...