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Kentucky Supreme Court overturns Bullitt County smoking ban, says health board went too far
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, June 19, 2014 2:35 PM EDT
The Kentucky Supreme Court has overturned a smoking ban in central Kentucky.
Bullitt County Circuit Court found the regulation invalid, but the Court of Appeals reversed the ruling. The case then went to the Supreme Court, which reversed the appellate ruling on Thursday.
The Supreme Court's opinion said health boards are given authority to adopt regulations to protect people's health but that the Bullitt County board exceeded that authority.
The ban would have required bars, restaurants and all places open to the public, including some outdoor areas, to go smoke-free.