Court Upholds Ban on Consideration of Race in Admissions at State Colleges and Universities in Nebraska

In November, voters in Nebraska voted overwhelmingly to ban the consideration of race in hiring or contracting by the state government. The public referendum also banned the use of race in admissions decisions at any state-operated institution of higher education.

Opponents of the new law took the issue to court claiming that individuals collecting signatures to gain ballot access for the referendum used fraud, deception, and other illegal procedures. However, a judge ruled this past week that there was no evidence of fraud and that the rules were followed by the supporters of the referendum.