- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The fate of Nebraska cigar bars is now in the hands of the governor after lawmakers approved a bill to once again allow smoking in the establishments.

Senators passed the bill Friday 45-3 in response to a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling. The court struck down a 2009 law last year 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.

Gov. Pete Ricketts has five days to sign the bill.

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The bill is LB118.

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