The 119th session of the Indiana General Assembly has introduced 5 different bills for 2015 that will add 2 different taxes, make vaping the same thing as smoking in the state, and shut down all vape shops in the state. (Don’t worry, the gas station “cig-alikes” made by the big tobacco companies are largely exempt so those will still be available if this goes through.) I’d suggest you do not believe me and read the bills for yourself.
Concentrate on SB 539 for right now because that one is scheduled for hearing on Thursday, 1/29/15, at 9:00 am. Unless you are vaping from one of big tobacco’s e-cigarettes, you have a “vapor pen” and shops that support “vapor pens” are subject to the full weight of this bill. It actually boils down to shutting down every vape shop in Indiana in July of 2015 until such time as the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission can get around to writing the procedures to apply for a permit. (They cannot start writing until the law is passed so it could be awhile.) Go ahead and read the requirements the shops must meet and then imagine what your vaping equipment will cost after those expenses… Note it says if you knowingly accept even a free bottle of liquid in violation of the law, that you are guilty of a crime too.
What can you do? Get mad and take action! First we need you on the phones and emailing!!! We need you to get on the phone! Call 800-382-9467 and tell the attendant:
“I’m calling to let Senator James Buck and the other members of the
Commerce and Technology committee know that I strongly oppose SB 539 the regulation of e-liquids and would like them to reject it.”
The attendant will take your info (name, address and phone number), and
then will deliver the message to the chairman (Sen. Buck), the committee
members AND your district’s Senator.
After you’ve called, visit each of the committee member’s webpages and
click the Send Email link on the left hand side… and send them an email
(direct links to pages are below, there is 10 committee members). Be sure
to include the bill number, “SB 539 Regulation of e-liquids”.
Sen. Buck http://bit.ly/1y3ACIb
Sen. Merritt http://bit.ly/1zV0N9C
Sen. Delph http://bit.ly/1z7Bnme
Sen. Head http://bit.ly/1wzu02z
Sen. Houchin http://bit.ly/1uZPDPH
Sen. Leising http://bit.ly/15GuUEo
Sen. Tomes http://bit.ly/1z7BA95
Sen. Breaux http://bit.ly/1H7Js0Y
Sen. Borden http://bit.ly/1BvnTBz
Sen. Randolph http://bit.ly/1tm2k6b
The Hoosier Vapers are holding a rally at the Statehouse on Thursday, 1/29/15, starting at 8:45 am in the lobby, just past the security check. (200 West Washington St, Indianapolis, IN) The more who attend, the bigger message that will be sent to the Senate committee. Do whatever you can to attend. If you are a shop owner, you need to be there to defend your shop!
The Hoosier Vapers are attempting to get petitions and letters out to all shops in the state. If we haven’t made it to your place or if you want to act on your own and rally your vaping friends and family, we have posted the documents. Petition here. Letters here. Print out these and sign. Get your friends to sign too. (Heck, go ahead and print out the bills and show folks what it actually says! Get ticked off, get them ticked off, I know I am…)
Please fill out the petition as much as possible. When signing each of the 5 letters, please add your address, email, and phone number. When you have collected them send them to Evan McMahon
156 E. Market St., Ste 405
Indianapolis, IN 46204
We will make copies for each committee member and deliver them.
We need every vaper to stand up for what is right! This is the most aggressive attack on vapers, vaping, and Hoosiers who have yet to vape ever. We may help shape what happens for the rest of the country! I know it is some effort to do all this, but you need to do this. You need to let them know you will not be treated like this. You need to raise your voice and demand to be heard. (In a polite, respectful manner) We can do this if we band together!!!!