INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana is appealing an arbitration panel’s ruling that
reduces the state’s share of tobacco settlement funds next year by nearly
half to $68 million from about $131 million.
The office of Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Wednesday it was appealing
the decision. The office says the arbitration panel of three retired federal
judges exceeded its authority under law and the process they used hurt
The panel decided in September to decrease Indiana’s share by about $63
million next year because it found the state had failed to do enough to
collect funds from cigarette companies that weren’t part of the original
settlement in 1998.
The money Indiana receives from the tobacco settlement pays for anti-smoking
programs and other health care programs.