On June 13, 2012, the Rhode Island Senate passed legislation aimed at protecting the rights of homeless persons. This "homeless bill of rights" included the rights to vote and to move freely in public spaces and on public transportation, among others. Governor Lincoln Chaffee signed the bill, which was the first bill of its kind to pass at the state level in the US, into law on June 27, 2012. In May 2013, California and Illinois considered similar bills, and legislators in other states have also considered homeless bills of rights.
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