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McNeal, L. 2020. An Examination of Nebraska's Law Setting the Age of Majority at Nineteen. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Lauren McNeal 2020.


My proposed research covers the actions of the Nebraska legislature surrounding the age of majority. During the summer of 2019, I interned with Senator Adam Morfeld to draft a bill lowering the age of majority in Nebraska from nineteen to eighteen for healthcare services. Many eighteen-year-olds, especially students, face complications when they seek healthcare services but need parental consent. This is because young adults tend to move away from their homes at this age but are still not considered independent from their parents under Nebraska state law. In this thesis, I use the information I gathered from my interim research at my internship. I focus on the age of majority differences between Nebraska and other states and I evaluate how this affects other states’ policies. In addition, I examine previous attempts in Nebraska to lower the age of majority and why they have not been successfully passed. Furthermore, I report on the testimonies that were given at the Age of Majority for Healthcare Decisions Forum that I organized with Senator Adam Morfeld and the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN).