Key Votes

S 2052 - Homeless Bill of Rights - Key Vote

Rhode Island Key Votes

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Family

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Stage Details

Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Homeless Bill of Rights

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (33-2) - (Key vote)

Title: Homeless Bill of Rights

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of housing status.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of housing status, whereas existing law did not include housing status as a protected status (Sec. 2).
  • Defines “housing status” as the status of having or not having a fixed or regular residence, including the status of living on the streets or in a homeless shelter or other temporary residence (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that all individuals have equal opportunity to live in decent, safe, sanitary, and healthful accommodations anywhere within the state regardless of housing status (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that a homeless person has the same rights and privileges as any other state resident including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 1):
    • The right to use and move freely in public spaces including, but not limited to, public sidewalks, parks, and transportation;
    • The right to equal treatment by all state and municipal agencies;
    • The right not to face discrimination while seeking or maintaining employment due to his or her lack of a permanent mailing address, or his or her mailing address being that of a homeless shelter or social service provider;
    • The right to emergency medical care;
    • The right to vote, register to vote, and receive documentation necessary to prove identity for voting; and
    • The right to a reasonable expectation of privacy of his or her personal property to the same extent as personal property in a permanent residence.

 

 

 

Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (59-6) - (Key vote)

Title: Homeless Bill of Rights

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of housing status.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of housing status, whereas existing law did not include housing status as a protected status (Sec. 2).
  • Defines “housing status” as the status of having or not having a fixed or regular residence, including the status of living on the streets or in a homeless shelter or other temporary residence (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that all individuals have equal opportunity to live in decent, safe, sanitary, and healthful accommodations anywhere within the state regardless of housing status (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that a homeless person has the same rights and privileges as any other state resident including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 1):
    • The right to use and move freely in public spaces including, but not limited to, public sidewalks, parks, and transportation;
    • The right to equal treatment by all state and municipal agencies;
    • The right not to face discrimination while seeking or maintaining employment due to his or her lack of a permanent mailing address, or his or her mailing address being that of a homeless shelter or social service provider;
    • The right to emergency medical care;
    • The right to vote, register to vote, and receive documentation necessary to prove identity for voting; and
    • The right to a reasonable expectation of privacy of his or her personal property to the same extent as personal property in a permanent residence.

 

 

 

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (33-2) -
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Homeless Bill of Rights

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