Neb. attorneys want smoking ban case dismissed

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – State attorneys have asked a Lancaster County district court to reject an Omaha pool hall’s request to declare Nebraska’s new smoking ban unconstitutional.

Big John’s Billiards is fighting the law that took effect June 1, saying the law’s exemptions are arbitrary.

The law bans smoking inside public buildings and private businesses, but offers exemptions for some hotel rooms, tobacco-only retailers, private homes and facilities that do research on the effects of smoking. An exemption for cigar bars takes effect in September.

In arguments submitted Monday, the state says the court doesn’t have jurisdiction over the state or the issue.

A hearing on the matter is set for Aug 6.


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