Personal Property

State seizure of unused traveler's checks survives substantive due process challenge

Kentucky had a law declaring unused traveler's checks to be abandoned property if they are not used after a period of fifteen years; such property escheated to the state. When the legislature reduced the period from fifteen to seven, the change was challenged as a violation of due process of law. The Sixth Circuit held that the legislation was consistent with the due process clause on the ground that substantive due process requires only that the legislation be rationally related to a legitimate government interest. In this case, the legislation shortening the period from fifteen years to...

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Rhode Island passes Homeless Bill of Rights

The Rhode Island legislature passed a statute likely to be signed by the Governor called the "Homeless Bill of Rights." The act amends Rhode Island's fair housing law by adding "housing status" to the list of prohibited kinds of discrimination and defines housing status to mean "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 similar temporary residence." It guarantees access to public spaces (including sidewalks and public buildings) on the same terms as others and grants a certain amount of...

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