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Pacific Legal Foundation Scores Moving Victory

Thanks to the work of the Pacific Legal Foundation, it is now legal to operate a moving company in Missouri without first complying with anticompetitive, rights-violating licensing laws. PLF reports:

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation this week repealing the state’s anticompetitive licensing law for moving businesses. The development marks the final victory in a pro-free-enterprise battle that began when Pacific Legal Foundation attorneys challenged the law’s constitutionality in June, 2010.

PLF’s federal lawsuit, filed on behalf of St. Louis businessman Michael Munie, triggered the introduction of HB 1402, a repeal measure . . . .

“This is a great day for entrepreneurs and a great day for consumers,” said PLF Principal Attorney Timothy Sandefur, the lead litigator in PLF’s Economic Liberty Project. “Missouri’s lawmakers showed they understand you can’t have prosperity without free and open competition and a fair chance for start-up businesses to get in the game. I’m proud to know that PLF and Mr. Munie have opened the road to economic opportunity.” . . .

The repeal means that Munie—whose company is currently the top-rated St. Louis-area mover on—will be free to operate statewide.

Congratulations—and thank you—to Sandefur and PLF for this win for economic liberty. And best success to Michael Munie as he seeks to earn a profit by selling his services in an open market.

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  • Mike Kevitt

    THIS is the kind of action and results that have to become a juggernaut throughout the country: the establishment of a legal environment to protect economic and all social activity, making or re-activating needed laws barring, or de-establishing the status of law and legitimacy to, criminal plans and criminal actions.  This is the result gotten by the PLF, on a permanent and sufficient basis.  I don’t know if the educational effort of the ARI or ARC played an essential role or not in this particular case, but the right philosophy is crucial, and their effort is essential in spreading the right philosophy and in getting the juggernaut of such results.