Thursday, June 30, 2011 5:10 pm | By Grant Morgan
On June 16th, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the Combating Military Counterfeits Act (S.1228) into the Senate, co-sponsored by Senators McCain (R-AZ), Graham (R-SC) and Coons (D-DE). This bill would help prevent and punish the sale of counterfeit supplies and equipment to the Armed Services. In doing so, it would protect both the intellectual property of those who supply the military and the safety of military personnel who depend on the reliability of their equipment on a daily basis.
Anniversary of a Mistake: Kelo Six Years Later
Thursday, June 23, 2011 5:10 pm | By Grant Morgan
June 23rd marks the sixth anniversary of the ruling in the Case of Kelo v. New London, in which the Supreme Court ruled that state governments could take land under eminent domain powers for “greater public use”, even if the land was being handed over to third-parties. However, after six years, the damaging effects of this decision are gradually being reversed, with a several state legislatures passing laws which effectively negate the ruling.
FLAIR Act: Good for Property Rights, Good for Fiscal Responsibility
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 4:00 pm | By Grant Morgan
On Thursday, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act into the Senate. The FLAIR Act would require the federal government to work with the private sector to create a single, up-to-date, inventory of federal land holdings. This bill will reduce waste, improve government operations, potentially help the economy, and benefit private property-owners.