It was indicated in the preceding chapter that a general law relates to persons or things as a class; that this class is determined by a "distinguishing peculiarity" which bears a reasonable relation to the purpose for which the statute was enacted; and that this class includes all things which may come within it at any future time. It now remains to examine the cases in which this test has been applied.
Roscoe E. Harper,
Local and Special Legislation in Missouri under the Constitution of 1875 (continued),
20 Bulletin Law Series.
Available at: http://scholarship.law.missouri.edu/ls/vol20/iss1/3