(Neb)-Lawmaker Takes Aim At Neb Slavery Loophole
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska lawmaker wants to close a 143-year-old loophole in the state constitution that allows people to be enslaved as punishment for a crime.
Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha says he will introduce a constitutional amendment to send to the voters next year.
The Nebraska constitution has banned slavery and involuntary servitude since 1875, except as punishment for a crime. Wayne says the loophole was used at that time to force former slaves back into unpaid labor for private parties, a system known as convict leasing.
Wayne says the constitution serves as the moral and legal foundation for Nebraska's laws, and removing the language shows slavery is not a Nebraska value.
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