The new Minneapolis Fair Chance ordinance is not Minnesota nice. So un-nice, in fact, that it is the latest city to be challenged in court, following active cases in Seattle and Portland. A few weeks ago, some 40 property owners and management companies filed suit against Minneapolis alleging that the city’s Fair Chance law, Section 244.2030, is unconstitutional. The firm representing the plaintiffs, Cozen O’Connor, recently made a blog post, Are “Fair Chance” Housing Ordinances an Unconstitutional Infringement on Landlords’ Rights?
Eric J. Ellman is Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs at the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) in Washington, DC. He also served for eight months as Interim President and CEO of the Association. More