LINCOLN — A bill revamping the state’s Americanism law advanced Tuesday, after its sponsor said racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic posts by a former co-worker underscored the need for the measure.

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

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