Legislative Bill 399, introduced by State Sen. Julie Slama of Peru, cleared the second of three rounds of debate on a 40-2 vote.
The bill would revamp a state law dealing with civics education and American government that dates to 1949. The changes are aimed at modernizing language adopted at a time when Americans were concerned about the spread of communism and the country had just finished a war with the Nazis.
Slama said the “hate-filled” posts made by Bennett Bressman, a former employee of Gov. Pete Ricketts’ re-election campaign, illustrate the need for better civics