Slavery Ban Proposed

Jan 9, 2019

(Lincoln, NE)  --  A lawmaker is seeking to eliminate an old law that still allows the use of slavery in Nebraska in certain cases.  Nebraska's state constitution included a ban on slavery when it was ratified in 1875, but it still allowed slavery as punishment for a crime.  Nebraska State Senator Justin Wayne of Omaha announced plans yesterday to introduce a proposed amendment to the state constitution to remove the provision.  Wayne says the provision was used to arrest former slaves and force them into involuntary servitude.