INDIANAPOLIS – A proposal sponsored by State Senator Jim Arnold (D-LaPorte) to regulate e-liquids passed the Senate floor Tuesday.
Under House Bill (HB) 1432, an e-liquid would be defined as a substance that is intended to be vaporized and inhaled using a vapor pen. If enacted, e-liquid manufacturers would be required to obtain an authorized permit, valid for five years, in order to sell e-liquid to retailers or distributors with an application fee of $1,000. The permit fee would be reduced to $500 upon renewal.
“The United States Food and Drug Administration hasn’t done anything to help regulate e-liquids,” said Sen. Arnold. “It is important that we implement e-liquid regulations in order to protect Hoosiers from unsanitary manufacturing procedures.”
Opponents of the measure expressed concerns over changes to current business practices. Proponents of the bill authored changes to restrict regulations in an effort to quell those concerns.
The proposal passed the Senate 33-15 and now returns to the House of Representatives where the author of the initiative can approve or dissent to changes made in the Senate.
Sen. Arnold represents District 8 in the Indiana State Senate which encompasses the majority of LaPorte County including the City of LaPorte and the eastern part of Michigan City. It also includes western St. Joseph County and Davis, Oregon, Washington, Center and Jackson townships in Starke County. For more information on Sen. Arnold, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/S8.