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Appeals Court says health board can regulate smoking policies

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Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em took on a whole new meaning in the past year in Bullitt County.

After a Bullitt Circuit Judge ruled that the Bullitt County Board of Health had overstepped its powers in imposing a smoking ban in public places, the state Court of Appeals reversed that decision.

The Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the health department had the powers to impose the regulations. County and city officials argued that those should be decisions made by elected officials by ways of an ordinance.

The decision will be appealed to the state Supreme Court.