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.

SCOTUS Nomination Process with The Cato Institute

SCOTUS Nomination Process with The Cato Institute

The past few years have featured several fiercely partisan and contentious Supreme Court nominations. But has this always been the case, and why is the process the way it is now? On this PeliCast, the The Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro joins us to discuss the politics at play in the current and other recent nominations...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Constitutional Amendments on the Nov. 3 Ballot

Constitutional Amendments on the Nov. 3 Ballot

You’ve heard about the seven Constitutional Amendments on the Nov. 3 ballot, but what do they actually mean for Louisianans? Tune in Tuesday at 9 a.m., as we break down each amendment with Dr. Steven Procopio, Policy Director of the Public Affair Research Council of Louisiana, live on the PeliCast!

By Daniel J. Erspamer

WATCH: Q&A with NOLA District Attorney Candidates

WATCH: Q&A with NOLA District Attorney Candidates

Voters in New Orleans will elect a new District Attorney this fall, and the person elected has the potential to transform the city’s criminal justice system for a generation. To get to know the candidates and where they stand on the issues, the Pelican Institute invited each qualified candidate to participate in a live PeliCast...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 3: Keva Landrum

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 3: Keva Landrum

Tune in Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. for the next in our series of Orleans District Attorney election PeliCasts! On this episode, we’re joined by former Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge and DA candidate Keva Landrum.

By Sarah Harbison

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 2: Jason Williams

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 2: Jason Williams

Tune in Monday at 9 a.m. for the next in our series of Orleans District Attorney election PeliCasts! On this episode, we’re joined by New Orleans City Councilman and DA candidate Jason Williams.

By Sarah Harbison

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

Why are Politicians Threatening to Use Antitrust?

Why are Politicians Threatening to Use Antitrust?

Many politicians are threatening to use antitrust law as a vehicle to address their pet grievances with some of the nation’s largest tech firms. Join us today at 1 p.m. for a live discussion on the history of antitrust and how it benefits us, featuring Alec Stapp from Progressive Policy Institute and Neil Chilson from...

By Eric Peterson

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 1: Arthur Hunter

Orleans DA Candidates Episode 1: Arthur Hunter

Watch the first in our series of Orleans District Attorney election PeliCasts! On this first episode, we’re joined by former Orleans Criminal District Court Judge and current DA candidate Arthur Hunter.

By Sarah Harbison

Protecting Life and Liberty in a Pandemic

Protecting Life and Liberty in a Pandemic

Did Louisiana’s government infringe on the rights of its citizens with its COVID-19 mandates? Join Pelican CEO Daniel Erspamer for a special PeliCast with Sarah Harbison on Thursday, as they discuss Louisiana’s public health emergency laws and ways we can stop government overreach in the future!

By Sarah Harbison

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

Could Expanding Unemployment Insurance Hurt Louisiana’s Recovery?

Could Expanding Unemployment Insurance Hurt Louisiana’s Recovery?

Last week saw the release of some of best economic news for the state of Louisiana in a long time. According to the Department of Labor’s data for the week ending August 8, the number of Louisianans on unemployment insurance decreased by more than 53,000. This comes on the heels of a 27,000-person decrease during...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

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...

Major Win for Getting Louisianans Connected

Major Win for Getting Louisianans Connected

In a huge victory for connecting Louisianans to high-speed broadband internet, Governor John Bel Edwards signed Senator Beth Mizell’s SB 10 into law on Wednesday. SB 10 removes major hurdles to providing broadband access to people and businesses who sorely need it across the state. The following is a statement from Daniel Erspamer, chief executive...