Nebraska Constitution

Nebraska Constitution

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View Article Preamble Preamble View Print Friendly
View Article I-1 Statement of rights. View Print Friendly
View Article I-2 Slavery prohibited. View Print Friendly
View Article I-3 Due process of law; equal protection. View Print Friendly
View Article I-4 Religious freedom. View Print Friendly
View Article I-5 Freedom of speech and press. View Print Friendly
View Article I-6 Trial by jury. View Print Friendly
View Article I-7 Search and seizure. View Print Friendly
View Article I-8 Habeas corpus. View Print Friendly
View Article I-9 Bail; fines; imprisonment; cruel and unusual punishment. View Print Friendly
View Article I-10 Presentment or indictment by grand jury; information. View Print Friendly
View Article I-11 Rights of Accused. View Print Friendly
View Article I-12 Evidence against self; double jeopardy. View Print Friendly
View Article I-13 Justice administered without delay; Legislature; authorization to enforce mediation and arbitration. View Print Friendly
View Article I-14 Treason. View Print Friendly
View Article I-15 Penalties; corruption of blood; transporting out of state prohibited. View Print Friendly
View Article I-16 Bill of attainder; retroactive laws; contracts; special privileges. View Print Friendly
View Article I-17 Military subordinate. View Print Friendly
View Article I-18 Soldiers quarters. View Print Friendly
View Article I-19 Right of peaceable assembly and to petition government. View Print Friendly
View Article I-20 Imprisonment for debt prohibited. View Print Friendly
View Article I-21 Private property compensated for. View Print Friendly
View Article I-22 Elections to be free. View Print Friendly
View Article I-23 Capital cases; right of direct appeal; effect; other cases; right of appeal. View Print Friendly
View Article I-24 Repealed 1990. Laws 1990, LR 8, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article I-25 Rights of property; no discrimination; aliens. View Print Friendly
View Article I-26 Powers retained by people. View Print Friendly
View Article I-27 English language to be official. View Print Friendly
View Article I-28 Crime victims; rights enumerated; effect; Legislature; duties. View Print Friendly
View Article I-29 Marriage; same-sex relationships not valid or recognized. View Print Friendly
View Article I-30 Discrimination or grant of preferential treatment prohibited; public employment, public education, or public contracting; section, how construed; remedies. View Print Friendly
View Article II-1 Legislative, executive, judicial. View Print Friendly
View Article III-1 Legislative authority; how vested; power of initiative; power of referendum. View Print Friendly
View Article III-2 First power reserved; initiative. View Print Friendly
View Article III-3 Second power reserved; referendum. View Print Friendly
View Article III-4 Initiative or referendum; signatures required; veto; election returns; constitutional amendments; non-partisan ballot. View Print Friendly
View Article III-5 Legislative districts; apportionment; redistricting, when required. View Print Friendly
View Article III-6 Legislature; number of members; annual sessions. View Print Friendly
View Article III-7 Legislators; terms; effect of redistricting; election; salary; expenses; mileage. View Print Friendly
View Article III-8 Legislators; qualifications; one-year residence in district; removal from district, effect. View Print Friendly
View Article III-9 Legislators; disqualifications; election to other office; resignation required. View Print Friendly
View Article III-10 Legislative sessions; time; quorum; rules of procedure; expulsion of members; disrespectful behavior, penalty. View Print Friendly
View Article III-11 Legislative journal; vote viva voce; open doors; committee votes. View Print Friendly
View Article III-12 Legislators; terms; limitation. View Print Friendly
View Article III-13 Style of bills; majority necessary to passage; yeas and nays entered on journal. View Print Friendly
View Article III-14 Bills and resolutions read by title; printing; vote for final passage; bills to contain one subject; amended section to be set forth; signing of bills. View Print Friendly
View Article III-15 Members privileged from arrest. View Print Friendly
View Article III-16 Members of the Legislature and state officers; conflicts of interest; standards for. View Print Friendly
View Article III-17 Impeachment; procedure. View Print Friendly
View Article III-18 Local or special laws prohibited. View Print Friendly
View Article III-19 Compensation; increase when; extra compensation to public officers and contractors prohibited; retirement benefits; adjustment. View Print Friendly
View Article III-20 Salt springs, coal, oil, minerals; alienation prohibited. View Print Friendly
View Article III-21 Donation of state lands prohibited; when. View Print Friendly
View Article III-22 Appropriations for state; deficiencies; bills for pay of members and officials. View Print Friendly
View Article III-23 Repealed 1972. Laws 1972, LB 302, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article III-24 Games of chance, lotteries, and gift enterprises; restrictions; parimutuel wagering on horseraces; bingo games; use of state lottery proceeds. View Print Friendly
View Article III-25 Incidental expenses of state officers; specific appropriations always necessary; warrants for money. View Print Friendly
View Article III-26 Privilege of members. View Print Friendly
View Article III-27 Acts take effect after three months; emergency bills; session laws. View Print Friendly
View Article III-28 Repealed 1934. Initiative Measure No. 330. View Print Friendly
View Article III-29 Legislative authority in emergencies due to enemy attack upon United States. View Print Friendly
View Article III-30 Legislature to pass necessary laws. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-1 Executive departments; officers; when elected; terms; eligibility; books to be kept at seat of government; residence of officers; heads of departments; appointments. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-2 Governor; Lieutenant Governor; eligibility; qualifications; appointive officers, ineligible for other office. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-3 Treasurer; ineligibility. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-4 Election returns; canvass by Legislature; conduct of election contests. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-5 Impeachment. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-6 Supreme executive power. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-7 Message by Governor; budget; contents; budget bill; preparation; appropriations not to be in excess of budget; exception; excess subject to veto. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-8 Special sessions. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-9 Repealed 1934. Initiative Measure No. 330. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-10 Governor to appoint officers; removal. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-11 Elected state officer; vacation of office; Governor fill by appointment; term. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-12 Nonelective state officers; vacation; Governor; fill the office by appointment; approval by Legislature. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-13 Board of parole; members; powers; reprieves; proceedings; power to pardon; limitations. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-14 Governor to be commander-in-chief of militia. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-15 Bills to be presented to Governor; approval; procedure; disapproval or reduction of items of appropriation; passage despite disapproval or reduction. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-16 Order of succession to become Governor; Lieutenant Governor; duties. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-17 Repealed 1934. Initiative Measure No. 330. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-18 Repealed 1972. Laws 1972, LB 302, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-19 State institutions; management, control, and government; determination by Legislature. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-20 Public Service Commission; membership; terms; powers. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-21 Repealed 1972. Laws 1972, LB 302, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-22 Executive officials to keep accounts; reports; false reports, penalty. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-23 Executive officials and heads of institutions; reports to Legislature; information from expending agencies. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-24 Great seal. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-25 Salaries of officials; fees. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-26 Officials to give bonds. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-27 Executive offices; creation of. View Print Friendly
View Article IV-28 Tax Equalization and Review Commission; members; powers; Tax Commissioner; powers. View Print Friendly
View Article V-1 Power vested in courts; Chief Justice; powers. View Print Friendly
View Article V-2 Supreme Court; number of judges; quorum; jurisdiction; retired judges, temporary duty; court divisions; assignments by Chief Justice. View Print Friendly
View Article V-3 Terms of Supreme Court. View Print Friendly
View Article V-4 Chief Justice and Judges of the Supreme Court; selection; residence; location of offices. View Print Friendly
View Article V-5 Supreme Court judicial districts; redistricting; when. View Print Friendly
View Article V-6 Chief Justice to preside. View Print Friendly
View Article V-7 Chief Justice; Associate Justices; qualifications. View Print Friendly
View Article V-8 Supreme Court appoint staff; budget; copyright of state reports. View Print Friendly
View Article V-9 District courts; jurisdiction; felons may plead guilty; sentence. View Print Friendly
View Article V-10 District court judicial districts. View Print Friendly
View Article V-11 District court judges; change of number; boundaries. View Print Friendly
View Article V-12 District court judges may hold court for each other; retired judges, temporary duty. View Print Friendly
View Article V-13 Supreme and district judges; salaries. View Print Friendly
View Article V-14 Supreme and district judges not to act as attorneys; judge not to practice law, when. View Print Friendly
View Article V-15 Repealed 1970. Laws 1969, c. 419, sec. 1(2), p. 1432. View Print Friendly
View Article V-16 Repealed 1970. Laws 1969, c. 419, sec. 1(2), p. 1432. View Print Friendly
View Article V-17 Repealed 1970. Laws 1969, c. 419, sec. 1(2), p. 1432. View Print Friendly
View Article V-18 Repealed 1970. Laws 1969, c. 419, sec. 1(2), p. 1432. View Print Friendly
View Article V-19 Practice of all courts to be uniform. View Print Friendly
View Article V-20 Officers in this Article; tenure; residence; duties; compensation. View Print Friendly
View Article V-21 Merit plan for selection of judges; terms of office; filling of vacancies; procedure; voting for nominee. View Print Friendly
View Article V-22 State may sue and be sued. View Print Friendly
View Article V-23 Jurisdiction of judges at chambers. View Print Friendly
View Article V-24 Style of process. View Print Friendly
View Article V-25 Supreme Court to promulgate rules of practice; to make recommendations to Legislature. View Print Friendly
View Article V-26 Proviso as to effect of amendment. View Print Friendly
View Article V-27 Juvenile courts; authorization. View Print Friendly
View Article V-28 Commission on Judicial Qualifications; appointment; composition; qualifications. View Print Friendly
View Article V-29 Commission on Judicial Qualifications; vote of majority required for action. View Print Friendly
View Article V-30 Judges; discipline; removal from office; grounds; procedure. View Print Friendly
View Article V-31 Judges; procedure for removal from office cumulative. View Print Friendly
View Article VI-1 Qualifications of electors. View Print Friendly
View Article VI-2 Who disqualified. View Print Friendly
View Article VI-3 Military or naval service; place and manner of voting. View Print Friendly
View Article VI-4 Repealed 1972. Laws 1971, LB 339, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article VI-5 Electors; privileged from arrest. View Print Friendly
View Article VI-6 Votes, how cast. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-1 Legislature; free instruction in common schools; provide. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-2 State Department of Education; general supervision of school system. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-3 State Board of Education; members; election; manner of election; term of office. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-4 State Board of Education; Commissioner of Education; appointment; powers; duties. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-5 Fines, penalties, and license money; allocation; use of forfeited conveyances. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-6 Educational lands; management; Board of Educational Lands and Funds; members; appointment; sale of lands. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-7 Perpetual funds enumerated. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-8 Trust funds belong to state for educational purposes; use; investment. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-9 Educational funds; trust funds; use; early childhood education endowment fund; created; use; early childhood education, defined. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-10 University of Nebraska; government; Board of Regents; election; student membership; terms. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-11 Appropriation of public funds; handicapped children; sectarian instruction; religious test of teacher or student. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-12 Education and reform of minors. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-13 State colleges; government; board; name; selection; duties; compensation. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-14 Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education; membership; powers and duties; coordination, defined. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-15 Omitted. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-16 Repealed 1972. Laws 1972, LB 1023, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article VII-17 Repealed 1972. Laws 1972, LB 1023, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article VIII-1 Revenue; raised by taxation; legislative powers. View Print Friendly
View Article VIII-2 Exemption of property from taxation; classification. View Print Friendly
View Article VIII-3 Redemption from sales of real estate for taxes. View Print Friendly
View Article VIII-4 Legislature has no power to remit taxes; exception; cancellation of taxes on land acquired by the state. View Print Friendly
View Article VIII-5 County taxes; limitation. View Print Friendly
View Article VIII-6 Local improvements of cities, towns and villages. View Print Friendly
View Article VIII-7 Private property not liable for corporate debts; municipalities and inhabitants exempt for corporate purposes. View Print Friendly
View Article VIII-8 Funding indebtedness; warrants. View Print Friendly
View Article VIII-9 Claims upon treasury; adjustment; approval; appeal. View Print Friendly
View Article VIII-10 Taxation of grain and seed; alternative basis permitted. View Print Friendly
View Article VIII-11 Public corporations and political subdivisions providing electricity; payment in lieu of taxes. View Print Friendly
View Article VIII-12 Cities or villages; redevelopment project; substandard and blighted property; incur indebtedness; taxes; how treated. View Print Friendly
View Article VIII-13 Revenue laws and legislative acts; how construed. View Print Friendly
View Article VIII-1A Levy of property tax for state purposes; prohibition. View Print Friendly
View Article VIII-1B Income tax; may be based upon the laws of the United States. View Print Friendly
View Article VIII-2A Exemption of personal property in transit in licensed warehouses or storage areas. View Print Friendly
View Article IX-1 Area. View Print Friendly
View Article IX-2 Division of county; decision of question. View Print Friendly
View Article IX-3 County added to another; prior indebtedness; county stricken off; liabilities. View Print Friendly
View Article IX-4 County and township officers. View Print Friendly
View Article IX-5 Township organization. View Print Friendly
View Article X-1 Reports under oath. View Print Friendly
View Article X-2 Property liable to sale on execution. View Print Friendly
View Article X-3 Consolidation of stock or property. View Print Friendly
View Article X-4 Railways declared public highways; maximum rates; liability not limited. View Print Friendly
View Article X-5 Capital stock; dividends. View Print Friendly
View Article X-6 Eminent domain. View Print Friendly
View Article X-7 Unjust discrimination and extortion. View Print Friendly
View Article X-8 Eminent domain for depot or other uses. View Print Friendly
View Article XI-1 Subscription to stock prohibited; exception. View Print Friendly
View Article XI-2 City of 5,000 may frame charter; procedure. View Print Friendly
View Article XI-3 Rejection of charter; effect; procedure to frame new charter. View Print Friendly
View Article XI-4 Charter; amendment; charter convention. View Print Friendly
View Article XI-5 Charter of city of 100,000; home rule charter authorized. View Print Friendly
View Article XII-1 Legislature to provide for organization, regulation, and supervision of corporations and associations; limitation; elections for directors or managers; voting rights of stockholders. View Print Friendly
View Article XII-2 Repealed 1972. Laws 1971, LB 762, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article XII-3 Repealed 1972. Laws 1971, LB 762, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article XII-4 Repealed 1972. Laws 1971, LB 762, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article XII-5 Repealed 1972. Laws 1971, LB 762, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article XII-6 Repealed 1972. Laws 1971, LB 762, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article XII-7 Repealed 1938. Laws 1937, c. 18, sec. 1, p. 124. View Print Friendly
View Article XII-8 Corporation acquiring an interest in real estate used for farming or ranching or engaging in farming or ranching; restrictions; Secretary of State, Attorney General; duties; Legislature; powers. View Print Friendly
View Article XIII-1 State may contract debts; limitation; exceptions. View Print Friendly
View Article XIII-2 Industrial and economic development; powers of counties and municipalities. View Print Friendly
View Article XIII-3 Credit of state; exception. View Print Friendly
View Article XIII-4 Nonprofit enterprise development; powers of counties and municipalities. View Print Friendly
View Article XIV-1 Personnel; organization; discipline. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-1 Official oath; refusal; disqualification. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-2 Official in default as collector and custodian of public money or property; disqualification; felon disqualified. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-3 Repealed 1986. Laws 1986, LR 318, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-4 Water a public necessity. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-5 Use of water dedicated to people. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-6 Right to divert unappropriated waters. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-7 Use of water for power purposes. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-8 Employment of women and children; minimum wage. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-9 Controversies between employers and employees; industrial commission; appeals. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-10 Repealed 1934. Laws 1933, c. 94, sec. 1, p. 376. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-11 Repealed 1972. Laws 1971, LB 502, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-12 Removal of state capital. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-13 Labor organizations; no denial of employment; closed shop not permitted. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-14 Labor organization; definition. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-15 Labor organizations; amendment self-executing; laws to facilitate operation permitted. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-16 Repealed 1972. Laws 1971, LB 688, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-17 Retirement and pension funds; investment. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-18 Governmental powers and functions; intergovernmental cooperation; Legislature may limit; merger or consolidation of counties or other local governments authorized. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-19 Liquor licenses; municipalities and counties; powers. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-20 Omitted. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-21 Omitted. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-22 Omitted. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-23 Omitted. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-24 Omitted. View Print Friendly
View Article XV-25 Right to hunt, to fish, and to harvest wildlife; public hunting, fishing, and harvesting of wildlife; preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. View Print Friendly
View Article XVI-1 How Proposed. View Print Friendly
View Article XVI-2 Convention. View Print Friendly
View Article XVII-1 Terms; reference to members of the Legislature to include appointed and elected members. View Print Friendly
View Article XVII-2 Repealed 1972. Laws 1971, LB 504, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article XVII-3 Repealed 1972. Laws 1971, LB 504, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article XVII-4 General election of state. View Print Friendly
View Article XVII-5 Terms of office of all elected officers. View Print Friendly
View Article XVII-6 Transferred to Article III, section 30, Constitution of Nebraska. View Print Friendly
View Article XVII-7 Repealed 1972. Laws 1971, LB 504, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article XVII-8 Repealed 1972. Laws 1971, LB 504, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article XVII-9 Repealed 1998. Laws 1997, LR 17CA, sec. 3. View Print Friendly
View Article XVII-10 Sec. 10. (Failed to carry at election.) View Print Friendly
View Article XVII-11 Repealed 1972. Laws 1971, LB 504, sec. 1. View Print Friendly
View Article XVIII-1 Statement of intent. View Print Friendly
View Article XVIII-2 Instruction to members of congressional delegation; ballot notation; when. View Print Friendly
View Article XVIII-3 Nonincumbent candidates; Term Limits Pledge; ballot notation; when. View Print Friendly
View Article XVIII-4 Instruction to members of the Legislature; ballot notation; when. View Print Friendly
View Article XVIII-5 Ballot notation; Secretary of State; duties; appeal. View Print Friendly
View Article XVIII-6 Automatic repeal; when. View Print Friendly
View Article XVIII-7 Legal challenge; jurisdiction. View Print Friendly
View Article XVIII-8 Severability. View Print Friendly