- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Cigar smokers could once again light up in licensed Nebraska cigar bars under a bill advanced by lawmakers.

The first-round vote on Wednesday comes after the Nebraska Supreme Court struck down a 2009 law that allowed smoking in cigar bars and shops, despite the Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act.

The measure by Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill makes clear that state lawmakers intended to create a legal exemption for those establishments so they could continue to operate.

Larson says only 10 cigar bars have been in operation statewide over the last five years, and those businesses have made large investments to ensure they have adequate ventilations systems.

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The bill is LB118

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