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Vaping Crisis in State Spotlight; What’s Next?

Strategies to reduce smoking and, more recently, vaping continue to be Indiana Chamber policy priorities. In late August, we were encouraged that the state of Indiana has taken note of the vaping crisis impacting our middle school and high school students. Governor Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health have unveiled an awareness campaign, ways for teens to [...]

2019-09-09T11:03:24-04:00September 6th, 2019|

Ohio Raises Smoking Age; Update on Sen. Young’s National Effort

Indiana, take note. Yesterday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state’s budget bill into law that includes a provision raising the state’s smoking and vaping age from 18 to 21; it takes effect in 90 days. Then, people in Ohio under 21 can no longer buy tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices and Juul pods. “Thank you to Governor [...]

2019-07-19T14:41:39-04:00July 19th, 2019|

Chamber Continues Push for E-Cigarette Tax

The prospects of an e-cigarette tax became unclear this week when a second reading amendment turned HB 1444 (Taxation of Electronic Cigarettes), authored by Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), into a summer study committee. The measure subsequently passed the full Senate 45-2. It appears senators chose to listen to those lobbying on behalf of the Juul vape product and convenience [...]

2019-04-19T13:49:51-04:00April 19th, 2019|

Quick Hits on E-Cigarettes, Mandates, Occupational Safety and Health Fine, Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Senate Bill 162 (Chronic Pain Management), authored by Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper), was amended on second reading this week to better define chronic pain. While it’s not what we would call a good bill, it has been changed to where it is about as good as we are going to get it (it’s still a mandate, however, which we [...]

2019-04-12T14:25:18-04:00April 12th, 2019|

Worker’s Comp Benefit Increase Seems Dead; E-Cigarette Tax and Wage Assignment Bills on Hold; Substance Misuse Program Follow-up

House Bill 1182 (Worker’s Compensation), authored by Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne), achieved final passage this week with a successful concurrence vote along party lines, 65-29. This Chamber-supported bill does two important things: 1) clarifies who is responsible for worker’s compensation for volunteer firefighters (it’s not employers but the fire department); and 2) increases the burial amount an employer must [...]

2019-04-05T13:02:01-04:00April 5th, 2019|

Quick Hits: E-Cigarette Taxation, Wage Assignment, OSHA Fines and Chamber-Initiated Improvement to Substance Abuse Guidelines in Workplace

House Bill 1444 (Taxation of Electronic Cigarettes), authored by Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), was heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday. The Chamber went on record in testimony supporting taxing e-liquids on par with tobacco products. No vote was taken and at least one amendment is expected next week on this bill, which is still viewed as a [...]

2019-03-29T14:32:53-04:00March 29th, 2019|

Top Story: Smoking Age Increase Headed to House Floor; Military Exemption Slated for Removal

Senate Bill 425 – Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco/E-Liquids Authored by Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) Raises from 18 to 21 years the age at which a person may: (1) sell or buy tobacco products or e-liquids and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine; and (2) enter designated smoking areas of a club or cigar specialty store. Allows someone who is 18 [...]

2019-02-08T11:22:35-04:00February 8th, 2019|

Top Story: Chamber Supports E-Cigarette Tax in Testimony, Pushes for Cigarette Tax Increase

House Bill 1444 – Taxation of E-Liquids Authored by Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) This bill imposes a tax on e-liquids that contain nicotine at a rate of $0.08 per milliliter of consumable product, with the revenue going to the state’s general fund. Chamber Position: Support The Latest: Held by the House Ways and Means Committee for a later vote. [...]

2019-02-01T13:21:00-04:00February 1st, 2019|