With Michigan's recently enacted smoking ban about to go into effect, Frank Beckmann of WJR-AM Detroit spoke with 1851 Center Executive Director Maurice Thompson about his successful efforts challenging Ohio's smoking ban. Listen to the interview here: Interview Read more about the 1851 Center's successful challenge of the Ohio smoking ban here.
On Thursday, April 15, 1851 Center Executive Director Maurice Thompson addressed a crowd of over 3,000 activists at the Columbus Tea Party's Tax Day Rally. He urged them to stand up to paternalistic - we know best - government. Thompson believes taxpayers should be leery of the state and federal government's continued path toward collectivist policies. http://6b8.11f.myftpupload.com/speeches/Columbus_Tea_Party_4_15_10.mp3 Listen to his speech.
On March 22, 2010, the Ohio Liberty Council began the process of the placing a health care freedom constitutional amendment on the November 2010 ballot. The group filed petition summary language and nearly 3,000 signatures from registered voters in 48 counties with the Ohio Attorney General, who later approved the language as truthful and accurate. The amendment provides that: In Ohio, no law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in a health care system; In Ohio, no law or rule shall prohibit the purchase or sale of health care or health insurance; and In Ohio, no law or rule shall impose a penalty or fine for the sale or
1851 Center for Constitutional Law Executive Director Maurice Thompson and 610 WTVN's Bob Conners discuss the Ohio Liberty Council's effort to block new federal health care mandates through a constitutional amendment. The amendment language was drafted by the 1851 Center. Thompson and Conners believe government's role should be limited, especially in matters of individual health care coverage. The interview took place on Friday, April 2, 2010, after the Ohio attorney general approved the amendment language. Listen to the interview: MT_WTVN_040210 Read more about the constitutional amendment here.
On September 1, 2009, the 1851 Center filed an amicus brief defending the First Amendment rights of SpeechNow.org in its legal battle with the Federal Elections Commission. The FEC viewed the non-profit much like a political action committee or PAC. The 1851 Center’s brief argued SpeechNow.org is not a political committee that makes contributions to candidates, and its subjection to harsh campaign finance laws are an unconstitutional violation of the freedoms of political speech and association. It emphasized that political speech made by citizens in a grassroots organization is protected by the First Amendment. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the 1851 Center’s position and provided SpeechNow.org with a significant and precedent-setting victory. The court’s ruling effectively