Panel backs measure to ban slavery as criminal punishment
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A legislative committee has advanced a measure to close a 143-year-old loophole in the Nebraska Constitution that allows people to be enslaved as punishment for a crime.
Members of the Judiciary Committee voted 7-0 on Wednesday to send the proposed constitutional amendment to the full Legislature.
Nebraska measure would ban slavery as criminal punishment
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 ballot proposal to amend the Nebraska Constitution during the legislative session that begins Wednesday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh expressed support Thursday for eliminating criminal punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana statewide if elected governor.
Judge: Arizona doesn’t have to reveal execution drug sources
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona does not have to reveal who provides its execution drugs, a judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit arguing that the information would help the public determine whether the death penalty is carried out humanely and promote confidence in the criminal justice system.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation stripping Nashville and Memphis of ordinances to ease criminal punishment for marijuana possession.
Haslam on Wednesday signed the bill passed by the Republican-led legislature, bucking the trend by states and cities nationwide to ease criminal punishment for marijuana possession.
Haslam's office has said he's deferring to the legislature.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As some states and cities around the nation look to ease criminal punishment for marijuana possession, Tennessee's conservative Republican legislature is blocking that trend in Nashville and Memphis.
As a result, police in those cities could soon lose their option of giving minor citations for carrying small amounts of marijuana.