Gregg Wants Review Of Vaping Law

first_imgKayleigh 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 LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

With Syracuse’s secondary depleted due to injury, Rodney Williams steps back into his old role

first_imgRodney Williams was confident that Syracuse’s defense would transform. Back in April, during spring ball, the redshirt junior safety felt a difference in the defensive backs’ position room. The group had added two graduate transfers while its younger cornerbacks developed even more.And, it turns out, Williams was right. Last year, the defense allowed more than 500 yards per game, ranking 122nd in total defense. This year, the team ranks 37th in total defense and leads the nation in stopping third-down conversions.What Williams didn’t see, though, is that the improvements made to the unit would cost him his job. Williams played in 11 games last year and started the last 10. He, Daivon Ellison and Kielan Whitner played the majority of time across the two safety spots.To start the year, sophomore Evan Foster locked down one safety spot; at 6-foot, 211 pounds, he is the most physically imposing of the Orange defensive backs. Antwan Cordy initially held the other spot, but a season-ending injury in the season-opener removed him from consideration. Graduate transfer Jordan Martin, a converted cornerback, replaced him.But Martin injured himself midway through the Week 7 matchup against Clemson, and it was announced after the Miami game that he’d be out for the year. As a result, Williams has returned to a starting role.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I knew my opportunity would come,” Williams said, “and then, when it did, I would be ready for it.”Williams credits the improved play of the defensive backs to an increased familiarity with the system that defensive coordinator Brian Ward installed. He and his teammates don’t have to think as much about the plays, he said, and they can let their instincts take over.Sometimes, he said, it was tougher for him early in the season when he was unsure about when he’d see the field. He stressed though that he maintained the same mindset and approach to practice. He talked about how he felt lucky to just be in the spot he was — playing football and getting a “free education” — and that he attributed his approach toward practice to being able to take a step back and see the bigger picture.“Rodney’s out there battling,” head coach Dino Babers said. “There’s been some situations where I think he’s done a fantastic job. And then obviously there’s some situations where he’s been rusty.“He’s not completely healthy yet,” Babers continued. “I think he’s still working on things in the training room, but he’s out there giving us great effort.”That’s been a constant theme for Williams in his time at Syracuse. He has struggled with injuries since he first arrived. He was awarded a medical redshirt after his freshman season, which ended in the second game of the season.He’s had other injuries that have made him miss a game or two here and there in the other two years he’s played. Like most players who come back in the middle of a season, though, he’s never been fully healthy.“I feel like the potential for Rodney to play at a really, really high level has always been there, even when we were freshmen,” linebacker Zaire Franklin said.Franklin said that Williams is playing with a lot of “swag” recently. Williams seems more confident and sure of himself than he did even a year ago.With two defensive backs out for the year, the options for Syracuse in what was once a deep position are now very limited. The Orange will have to keep relying on Williams to make an impact. He’s up for the challenge.“It’s lightyears (beyond last year),” Williams said about how much more comfortable he feels this season. “I’m a way better football player than I was last year.” Comments Published on November 7, 2017 at 11:02 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more