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Monday, February 25, 2008

Iowa Independent: Nebraska Legislature Passes Veto-Proof Statewide Smoking Ban

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

Just days after the Iowa House passed a statewide smoking ban, with a
controversial but likely surviving exemption for casinos, Nebraska's
one-chamber Legislature passed a statewide with more limited
exemptions. The Husker bill has major implications for western Iowa,
particularly Council Bluffs and Sioux City, places with casinos that
would pull bar-goers and gamblers and even others just looking for an
indoor place that still allows smoking. Here is the Omaha
World-Herald: "Voting 34-14, lawmakers passed Legislative Bill 395,
which prohibits smoking in all public buildings and workplaces
statewide, including bars and restaurants." ... The bill would go into
effect June 1, 2009.


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