Nebraska State Constitution Article I-19

Article I-19


Right of peaceable assembly and to petition government.

The right of the people peaceably to assemble to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.


  • Neb. Const. art. I, sec. 19 (1875).


A political meeting or convention is an assemblage within the meaning of the Constitution that the right of the people to assemble and consult for common good shall never be abridged. With good motives and for justifiable ends the membership of such a body may jointly speak and publish the truth about candidates for office and this right extends to aspirants for judicial and educational offices. State ex rel. Ragan v. Junkin, 85 Neb. 1, 122 N.W. 473 (1909).

The people have the right to petition the Governor on the subject of proposed legislation. Weis v. Ashley, 59 Neb. 494, 81 N.W. 318 (1899).