Holden v. Hardy was a Supreme Court case argued before the court on October 21, 1897, and decided on February 28, 1898. In this case, the Supreme Court upheld a Utah state law that limited the number of work hours for miners and smelters as a legitimate exercise of the state's police power. The majority held that such a law is legitimate, provided there is a rational basis, supported by facts, for the legislature to believe particular work conditions are dangerous. In making this decision, the ...

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