Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill to ban new forms of popular synthetic drugs, including K2 and bath salts.
The bill won first-round approval on Tuesday with a 33 to zero vote. Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala introduced the bill this year as part of Attorney General Jon Bruning's annual legislative package.
Nebraska's current ban on K2 was enacted in 2011 and updated last year. However, even this updated legislature has quickly become outdated as overseas chemists have kept adjusting the drug's formula to skirt the ban.
The drug K2 mimics the effects of marijuana and Lancaster County authorities believe the drug was responsible for the October death of 18-year-old Billy Tucker after a weekend party in Lincoln.
Tucker died while sleeping at a friend's house in nearby Waverly.