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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ind. Gov't. - "Legislative leaders have vowed to straighten out regulation of production of vaping liquids in the state"

Updating this list of ILB posts on vaping liquid laws, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a long editorial today headed "A smoking mess:Untangling of vaping liquid laws overdue." A sample:

Goodcat LLC of Naples, Florida, one of the vaping companies left out in the cold, challenged the constitutionality of the arrangement and won a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court. Also last year, two legislators told the Indianapolis Business Journal that they had been questioned about the bill by the FBI. Whether the bureau is still investigating is not known.

There was other worrisome fallout from the vaping-law situation. One of the legislators who voted for the law, Rep. Alan Morrison, R-Terre Haute, took a job last September with Mulhaupt’s. Morrison told the business journal his vote had nothing to do with his getting the job. And Bedford Republican Brent Steele, who backed the measure before retiring from the Senate at the end of last year, began a new job this month as executive director of the Vapor Association of Indiana, a group that represents the six companies that have been approved to produce vaping liquids. The association will be lobbying to keep the present law, and Senate rules preclude Steele from registering as a lobbyist until a year after he leaves the Senate. But Steele told the Indianapolis Star everything will be on the up-and-up – he’s going to hire another firm to do the lobbying.

Maybe it’s because of those dubious ethical situations, or the interest of the courts, or the possible interest of federal investigators. Or it could be just a latently triggered sense of good old-fashioned Hoosier fairness. But there appears to be general agreement that something has to be done.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 18, 2017 09:23 AM
Posted to Indiana Government