Bills concerning animal cruelty, electronic cigarettes approved

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ A bill to strengthen Nebraska's animal cruelty laws has won final approval from lawmakers. Senators voted 48-0 yesterday on a measure that would allow longer ownership restrictions for people who have neglected animals. Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha introduced the legislation in response to a 2013 neglect case involving a puppy mill in Malcolm. A Lancaster County judge described the operation as an ``animal Auschwitz,'' with dogs living in
cages crusted with feces and urine.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ A bill designed to keep Nebraska minors from using electronic cigarettes has won final approval from lawmakers. Senators voted 48-0 yesterday to send the proposal to Governor Dave Heineman. The bill would outlaw the sale of so-called e-cigarettes to anyone younger than 18 years old. Minors caught using the product could face a misdemeanor charge.

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