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(Neb)-Lawmaker Takes Aim At Neb Slavery Loophole

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/09/2019 11:49 PM
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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