Age of majority bill before lawmakers

Under current Nebraska law, 18-year-olds are not considered adults as they are in most other states. That would change under a bill proposed by Sen. Tyson Larson of O'Neill.

The Legislature's Judiciary Committee heard testimony Friday on LB 355. The bill would lower Nebraska's age of majority from 19 to 18.

Nebraska is one of only three states - along with Alabama and Mississippi - that has an age of majority over 18. Larson says 18-year-olds should be given all the rights adults receive in Nebraska.

Bruce Rieker of the Nebraska Hospital Association says the bill could deny 18-year-olds access to state and federal aid for mental or physical care.

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