Legislators Kill Homeless Bill of Rights Proposal
LEGISLATORS KILL HOMELESS BILL OF RIGHTS PROPOSAL
By Chris Walker, 3/1/16
Last week, legislators considered a “homeless bill of rights” at the State Capitol, but representatives at a House committee meeting ultimately voted the proposal down five to six. It was a major defeat for homeless activists who were counting on passage of the Right to Rest Act — sponsored by House representatives Joseph Salazar, a Democrat from Thornton, and Jovan Melton, a Democrat from Arapahoe County/Aurora — to outlaw anti-homeless ordinances enacted by local municipalities, such as the urban-camping ban in Denver.
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