HARTFORD - Members of the Planning and Development Committee have approved legislation that would create a bill of rights for Connecticut's homeless population today in Hartford.

The bill includes seven points that its framers say are meant to reinforce safeguards like protection of private property and the ability to walk around in public spaces.

Critics of the legislation say that shelters need to go through personal property to protect others from illegal contraband or weapons.

The bill's framers say they did not intend to compromise safety at area shelters and do not think the bill of rights would do that.

The bill will now go back to the General Assembly for a vote.