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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 25, 1976)
Wednesday, february 25, 1976
By Theresa Foreman
Maybe you should wait awhile before collecting that
$5 you won from your brother-in-law because you were
right about the outcome of the New Hampshire primary.
Under Nebraska law you could be fined from $5 to $100
for betting on an election. But the proposed new criminal
code (LB623) and all its amendments, doesn't mention
the election "crime."
Nebraskans will have other new-found freedoms if the
Legislature passes the bill.
A friendly game of baseball on the fraternity house
lawn would no longer be a violation of the law. According
to existing statutes, "before 12 noon on Decoration
Day (May 30) persons engaging in horse racing, ball play
ing or in any game of sport which may tend to disturb the
public peace shall be'guijty of a misdemeanor" and could
be fined $100 or sentenced to 30 days in prison.
If the new criminal code is passed, we'll be able to
quarrel, dance in public and work on Sunday.
Present law, deems that rape of a female ovef 15 years
of age, who was previously unchaste, is not a crime. The
new code states that past sexual conduct of the defendant
is admissable only if consent by the victim is at issue.
The new code eliminates some of the discriminating
language toward women used in the current law. The old
law, which exempts women from being called tramps,
states: "Whoever shall go about from place to place,
asking or subsisting on charity,. . . females . . .excepted,
shall be taken and deemed to be a tramp."
Women may develop a larger vocabulary if LB623 is
enacted because the laws against using obscene or lascivi
ous language in the presence or hearing of a female will no
longer be on the books.
The proposed law also ignores the 25 cent fine for each
profane curse or swear word uttered by persons 14-years-old
Apparently, lawmakers feel the threat of horse-racing
down O St. is past because the new code eliminates the
section which inflicts a penalty of $1 to $5 for horse
racing on public roads.
In addition, your barber is breaking the law if he gives
you a haircut on Sunday because "keeping barber shops
open on Sunday is not work of necessity," according to
Many UNL students who have a difficult time trying
to find an apartment no longer will have to worry about
breaking the law. The new version does not agree that
"whoever docs not have a fixed residence shall be deemed
and taken to be a common gambler," as is stated in the
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