Kayleigh Colombo for www.theindianalwyer.comDemocratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg said, if elected, he would seek to change new laws governing the e-cigarette liquid industry, which some vaping retailers and manufacturers have called monopolistic and corrupt.Indiana Senate leaders are also looking at the issue and impact of the law, which takes effect July 1.IBJ reported last week that the state has essentially allowed a single private security company to decide who can manufacture e-cigarette liquids to be sold in Indiana.Everyone else will be shut out of the market as of June 30.Supporters say the law, which also bans e-liquid sales to minors and sets rules for ingredients, is meant to protect consumers. But critics say some parts of the law are so restrictive that even major national players in the vaping industry won’t be able to do business in Indiana.Gregg said a review of the law “is in order.”“Recent media reports about this apparent monopoly are more than a little disturbing,” Gregg told IBJ. “While everyone supports oversight and reasonable safeguards on the industry, the Legislature should re-evaluate this law and the system it created to ensure greater fairness, competition and transparency.”Republican Gov. Mike Pence, who is seeking a second term and signed the changes into law, is staying silent. The vaping rules are currently being challenged in state and federal court.“Given the pending litigation surrounding this issue, we will not be commenting,” Pence’s spokeswoman Kara Brooks told IBJ in an email.But Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said through a spokesman that the chamber’s leaders are “looking into the issue with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace.”Long declined to be more specific about the Senate’s review.The law — first passed in 2015 and revised this year — requires manufacturers applying for a state permit to have first entered into a five-year contract with a security firm.Only one firm, Lafayette-based Mulhaupt’s, appears to meet the security qualifications, which include having employees that are certified by both the Door and Hardware Institute and the International Door Association, and the firms had to be in compliance by July 1, 2015, meaning that no other security firm can ever become eligible.Founder Doug Mulhaupt told IBJ previously that it’s not his fault that other security firms don’t meet the requirement.But the law doesn’t sit right with other security firms, including Bill Nelson, an officer for the Electronic Security Association of Indiana, who specifically took issue with the requirement that a security firm needed to have a certified rolling steel fire door technician on staff.“Almost any legitimate alarm company can do a proper job for an e-vapor facility,” said Nelson said. “A rolling door certification has absolutely nothing to do with installing a security system.”The law also caught off guard the associations that are in charge of the certifications.Todd Thomas, managing director of the International Door Association, said he was contacted in January by Mulhaupt about the certification issue, which the company lobbied to “clear up” in the Legislature this year.But Thomas said he didn’t realize the law had to do with vaping.Since then, the group’s certifying affiliate—the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation—has received several calls from companies asking how they can get certified to comply, Thomas said.“There is nothing we can do that would make them eligible to serve as a security company in light of the retroactive deadline for compliance,” Thomas said.Thomas said the market works better when there is a “flourishing population” of people who are qualified, not just one.“This legislation does nothing to encourage that,” he said. “As such, I am at a loss to explain any benefits to the citizens of Indiana that might result from a law that blocks the many professional door companies and qualified technicians from participating in this.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The Arizona Cardinals made serious waves improving their pass rush this offseason by trading for Chandler Jones and drafting Robert Nkemdiche 29th overall.NFC West foes will feel the ripples of those moves. They’ll have to find a way to stop the much-improved defensive front.ESPN’s NFL Nation reporter Nick Wagoner, who covers the Los Angeles Rams, writes that the pass rush should benefit the entirety of the Cardinals’ defense. 0 Comments Share The Cardinals tied for 20th in sacks in 2015 with 36, though in fairness they were third in the NFL in creating pressure at 31.9 percent. But here’s where Jones and Nkemdiche should be able to help the most: Arizona again blitzed more than any team in the league at 45.1 percent. One would think the Cardinals’ addition of Jones and Nkemdiche was intended to allow them to generate pressure without having to dial up a blitz nearly half the time.Given the Cardinals’ talent in the secondary, a pass rush that doesn’t have to lean so heavily on the blitz would also allow them to get more creative in coverage and potentially lead to more big plays.Yes, Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, the No. 2 cornerback-safety tandem in the league, are grinning from ear-to-ear.An NFC West unit that isn’t so happy about Arizona’s upgrades is the San Francisco 49ers offensive line. 49ers reporter Michael Wagaman believes San Francisco’s offseason planning will have much to do with how it can stop the Cardinals’ front-seven.The 49ers have major concerns along their offensive line, so any additional pass-rushers coming into the division isn’t good news for the team.Having quarterbacks get rid of the ball more quickly is a part of 49ers coach Chip Kelly’s offense. It was a big emphasis during offseason workouts, and Jones and Nkemdiche are a big reason for that.Although having not taken the field for his first game yet, Nkemdiche is already receiving praise from his divisional opponents. Sheil Kapadia, a Seattle Seahawks reporter, views the first-round pick as a force to be reckoned with. Arizona Cardinals first round draft pick Robert Nkemdiche (90) runs drills during an NFL football mini camp, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals clearly felt like they needed to upgrade their pass rush, and Jones is someone who’s posted 30 sacks in his past 41 games. Nkemdiche is the X factor. If the Cardinals’ coaching staff can get him to reach his potential, the Seahawks will face an enormous challenge when the two teams meet.The Cardinals and Seahawks are the favorites to battle for the NFC West title, and the matchup between the Cardinals’ pass rush and the Seahawks’ offensive line will receive plenty of attention before the two teams square off in 2016.