Rhode Island Passes Homeless Persons Bill Of Rights

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We've all seen it happen: police shoo a homeless person off a public bench that most us would be allowed to sit on for as long as we liked.

Many American cities have passed anti-vagrancy ordinances — that keep the homeless on the move and out of sight. But not in Rhode Island, where Governor Lincoln Chafee is expected to sign into law a the nation's first "Homeless Bill of Rights."

Approved by the state legislature, the law would explicitly guarantee equal rights to anyone, regardless of housing status.


  • John Tassoni, Rhode Island State Senator from Smithfield

This segment aired on June 14, 2012.


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