INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
The Indiana Senate has passed a bill overhauling an existing law that
created a monopoly in the vaping industry and sparked an FBI probe.
Sen. Randy Head’s
measure effectively guts a 2016 law that allowed one security firm to play
gatekeeper over the industry. A federal appellate court struck down portions
of the law last month.
Republican’s bill was approved on a 49-1 vote and now goes to the House for
last year’s vaping law ostensibly to ensure consumer safety. It imposed
strict safety standards for manufacturers of the nicotine-laced “e-liquid”
used in vaping.
Mulhaupt’s Inc. was the only company qualified to handle security permitting
for producers under the law. And the company drew scrutiny when only six
companies were approved to produce.