People convicted of smuggling cigarettes, money or cellphones to Nebraska inmates would find themselves behind bars for up to a year, under a bill approved by the Legislature.

Lawmakers on Tuesday gave final approval to the measure on a 46-0 vote.

It defines jailhouse contraband and sets penalties for those who bring unlawful items into jails.

The maximum penalty for possession of contraband or attempting to deliver unlawful items to an inmate would be a $1,000 fine and one year in jail.

Bill sponsor Norm Wallman of Cortland said the definition of contraband currently differs from place to place.

Under his bill, the Nebraska Sheriff's Association would create a list of unlawful items, and that list would be used by all city and county jails.

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