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QUICK TAKES: Worker’s Comp Increase Heads to the Full Senate; Bills Raising Smoking Age Pass Both Houses; Occupational Licensing Bills Progressing

Senate Bill 202 (Worker’s Compensation), authored by Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage), cleared the Senate Pensions and Labor Committee by a vote of 5-1. This measure would increase benefits for injuries and disablements by 2% each year for three years, beginning on July 1, 2020. The Chamber believes that this is a very reasonable increase. However, this must be paired [...]

2020-01-27T13:17:29-05:00January 24th, 2020|

Health Care: House’s Increased Smoking Age Bill Gets Amended; Senate Version Passes Committee

HB 1006 – Regulation of Tobacco Products Authored by Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) Requires a person to be at least 21 years of age to purchase tobacco products or to hold a tobacco sales certificate to sell tobacco products. Requires a seller of tobacco products to verify the age of a purchaser who appears to be less than [...]

2020-01-17T13:05:18-05:00January 17th, 2020|

Top Story: Raising the Smoking Age to 21 Passes House Public Health Committee

HB 1006 – Regulation of Tobacco Products Authored by Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) Requires a person to be at least 21 years of age to purchase tobacco products or to hold a tobacco sales certificate to sell tobacco products. Requires a seller of tobacco products to verify the age of a purchaser who appears to be less than [...]

2020-01-10T13:34:16-05:00January 10th, 2020|

Major Policy Wins in Federal Spending Bill – Age 21 for Tobacco Purchases, Trio of Onerous Health Care Taxes Repealed

Major Policy Wins in Federal Spending Bill – Age 21 for Tobacco Purchases, Trio of Onerous Health Care Taxes Repealed It’s official: A large, varied and expensive spending bill package, estimated at a whopping $1.4 trillion, will keep the government going through September of next year. The U.S. Senate passed the measure (71-23) and it’s now onto President Trump’s [...]

2019-12-20T10:26:24-05:00December 20th, 2019|

Top Story: Vaping Crisis in Study Committee Spotlight

A little more than a year ago the Interim Study Committee on Fiscal Policy heard testimony from the Indiana Chamber and the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana on the impacts of smoking and the importance of raising the cigarette tax. While there was hope for the possibility of a cigarette (and e-cigarette) tax increase last summer, nothing materialized during [...]

2019-10-25T12:30:30-04:00October 25th, 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 Scores Many Victories for Members; Legislators Fail Completely on One Front

By Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO * PDF version available for printing * As you read this 2019 Final Legislative Report, you will find a myriad of substantive victories recorded by the Indiana Chamber’s advocacy team in every key issue area but one. Despite continued public and private pressure, legislators again ignored common sense smoking reforms despite evidence of [...]

2019-05-15T10:45:48-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Legislators Ignore Facts and Snuff Out Smoking Reforms Yet Again

By Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy and employment law * PDF version available for printing * Despite this being a budget year, legislators could not be convinced to raise the cigarette tax. Nor could they be swayed to increase the legal age to 21 on tobacco products, contrary to the pre-session remarks by legislative leaders. Not [...]

2019-05-15T11:32:19-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Quick Hits: Hopeful Signals on Smoking Age Increase; School Accountability, Data Center Tax Exemption and Death-on-the-Job Penalty All Clear the House

Senate Bill 425 (Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco and E-Liquids), authored by Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport), did not receive a hearing in the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee before the deadline, but there is still room for optimism. The Chamber priority bill – previously passed via the Senate Health Committee – would have raised the legal age for [...]

2019-02-22T12:58:15-05:00February 22nd, 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 [...]

2019-02-08T11:22:35-05:00February 8th, 2019|