Rationality Standard

Courts will presume that a law is constitutional as long as no fundamental liberty interest or suspect classification is at stake, and the law passes the rational basis test. A law passes the rational basis test by being rationally related to a legitimate government interest or purpose. Items in this category include: Minimum wage, taxation (as long as there is no discrimination), motorcycle helmet laws, zoning laws, punitive damages for malpractice or negligence, and high speed chase laws. The 14th amendment to the constitution related to due process provides clear guidlines for law enforcement policy and procedures that must be followed.


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