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Surprise Disappointment After Health Committee Passes Smoking Age Increase to 21  

Bill and Title: HB 1380 – Tobacco Products Purchasing Age Author: Rep. Charlie Brown (D-Gary) Summary: Raises the age from 18 years to 21 for prohibitions and crimes concerning the sale, purchase and possession of cigarettes and other tobacco products. Makes a corresponding change to the laws concerning e-cigarettes, tobacco retailer permits and admission to establishments where smoking is [...]

2018-02-02T13:50:11+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|

Indiana Chamber Statement on House Republican Maneuver to Kill Smoking Bill

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Chamber  President and CEO Kevin Brinegar comments on the House Republican caucus deciding today to effectively kill House Bill 1380, which would have increased the state’s legal smoking age from 18 to 21: “The Indiana Chamber is extremely disappointed in the decision by the House Republican caucus to kill legislation aimed at reducing the state’s high smoking [...]

2018-01-30T18:01:43+00:00 January 30th, 2018|

‘Raise It for Health’ Rally Highlights Cigarette Tax Hike Push

On Tuesday, the Indiana Chamber took part in the “Raise It for Health” rally at the Statehouse to push for a $1.50 increase in the state cigarette tax. Indiana is among the very worst states for percentage of smokers – we are the 9th highest nationally. At the event, Chamber CEO Kevin Brinegar joined other Alliance for a Healthier [...]

2018-01-19T14:44:51+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

Chamber Talks Workforce Needs, Impact of Opioid Addiction and Smoking

Three big issues expected to be debated in the General Assembly in the coming days and weeks are workforce needs, the opioid crisis and smoking rates. We’ve done so well recently from an employment standpoint that we've almost outstripped our ability to hire skilled workers since unemployment is so low in the state. It’s clear we need to raise [...]

2018-01-05T13:15:55+00:00 January 5th, 2018|

Short Session Starts With a Flurry of Activity

The Governor and General Assembly have continually heard from Hoosier employers on the need for a skilled workforce – and better aligning state programs with job demand. The good news is bills are being introduced to address those concerns. While only a handful of measures have been released to date, we are seeing legislation related to training tax credits [...]

2018-01-05T13:39:03+00:00 January 5th, 2018|

Indiana Chamber Talks Workforce Needs, Impact of Opioid Addiction as 2018 Legislative Session Begins

(INDIANAPOLIS) — As the 2018 General Assembly gets underway, the Indiana Chamber is highlighting three big issues expected to be debated in the coming days and weeks: workforce needs, the opioid crisis and smoking rates. Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar says, “We’ve done so well recently from an employment standpoint that we've almost outstripped our ability to hire [...]

2018-01-03T12:49:07+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|

Chamber AnnouncesTop Legislative Priorities for 2018

Closing the skills gap to enable more jobs to be filled and ensuring the state’s tax environment is ripe for business expansion are top priorities for the Indiana Chamber in the upcoming 2018 legislative session. These initiatives and more were announced today at our annual legislative preview in Indianapolis, where six state legislators were also honored as 2017 Indiana [...]

2017-11-20T14:38:37+00:00 November 20th, 2017|