Make an Impact in Your State
Libertas Institute is a public policy think tank that innovates reforms in its home state of Utah, then works with partners to scale them across the country. This page shares several of our first-in-the-nation policy reforms we’d love to help you achieve in your state.
Innovative businesses shouldn’t be punished for thinking outside the box, but they routinely are. This new legal model creates a process where entrepreneurs can safely go to market while regulators and legislators catch up.
The courts haven’t kept up with the rapid development of technology and how it impacts our privacy, so it’s up to legislators to guarantee basic privacy protections for individuals and the data they generate.
We’ve got more where that came from…
Regulatory sandboxes and data privacy are just two of the issues we’ve pioneered. Want to see more policies that we were the first in the country to innovate and get passed? We’d love to help you work on these ideas as well. Click to expand the list.
- Free Range Parenting
Parents shouldn’t be punished for allowing their children a reasonable amount of independence, such as playing alone at the park or walking to the store. In too many cases across the country, though, parents are being punished for this. Our law puts a stop to it. (Model legislation)
- Lemonade Stand Freedom
After hearing of countless cases of young entrepreneurs being shut down for failure to obtain a costly business license or food handler’s permit, we led Utah to become the first state to ban local governments from requiring these permission slips from minors. (Model legislation)
- Ban Home Business Licenses
People shouldn’t need a permission slip to engage in commercial activity in their own home, especially if the activity in no way impacts neighbors. At a minimum, cities shouldn’t be able to require people pay for these documents; if they want to require them, they should be at no cost. (Model legislation via our partner Goldwater Institute)
- Food Truck Freedom
Micro-entrepreneurs in this budding industry find themselves butting their heads against duplicative inspections, costly business licenses, and overlapping regulatory requirements. Our proposal streamlined local government processes and knocked down fees in order to allow mobile commerce to flow freely from one city to the next. (Model legislation via our partner Institute for Justice)
- Free Range Parenting
Rees Empey, Director of State Government Affairs
Welcome to our outreach page! Our goal is to build partnerships with legislators and organizations across the countries to support them in seeking adoption of this model legislation in every state. If you work with a think tank, advocacy group, or are an elected official, I’d love to connect with you and discuss how we can be helpful to you on one or more of these issues! Please reach out and let’s chat.