Slavery, TIF and payday lending interest limits on ballot

Nebraska voters face six statewide questions in November. Four are statutory initiatives proposed by the initiative petition process. Two are constitutional amendments proposed by the Legislature. Today we’ll look at those amendments and one of the initiative petitions.

Proposed Amendment No. 1 prohibits the use of slavery or involuntary servitude as punishment for conviction of a crime. Nebraska prohibited slavery and involuntary servitude in 1875, except as punishments for those convicted of crimes. A similar situation exists in 11 other states and nine states permit involuntary servitude but not slavery as criminal punishment.

A ”yes” vote supports removing the language from the Nebraska Constitution. A “no” vote would keep the language in the state constitution and allow the use of slavery and involuntary servitude as criminal punishments.

 

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