Constitutional amendment to ban convict slavery passed

The removal of an obsolete provision in the state constitution will be placed on the ballot for voters’ consideration under a measure passed by the Legislature March 7.

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Sen. Justin Wayne

LR1CA, introduced by Omaha Sen. Justin Wayne, will place a proposed constitutional amendment on the November 2020 general election ballot to remove an exemption that prohibits slavery and indentured servitude except as punishment for people convicted of a crime.

The bill passed on a 44-0 vote.

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