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E-liquid manufacturers may soon be face new regulations under Indiana law

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Rep. Kevin Mahan calls e-liquids the ‘wild west' and believes the legislation will make Indiana a leader in the regulation of them. Rep. Kevin Mahan calls e-liquids the ‘wild west' and believes the legislation will make Indiana a leader in the regulation of them.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- E-liquid manufacturers in Indiana could soon be facing new regulations under a bill lawmakers passed several weeks ago.

Representative Kevin Mahan, who authored House Bill 1432, is confident the bill will be signed by Governor Mike Pence soon. Mahan calls e-liquids the ‘wild west' and believes the legislation will make Indiana a leader in the regulation of them.

Rob Kaiser, owner of Liquid Palace in New Albany, is among a group of e-cigarette shops who protested the bill. Kaiser manufactures 70 different flavors of e-liquids and is concerned with a stipulation in the legislation that calls for a ‘clean room'. It means equipment has to be cleaned and sanitized the same way commercial kitchens in Indiana are required.

“The room that we made it in already was clean it just wasn't up to these standards,” he said.

Another provision requires 24-hour surveillance cameras with footage stored for 30 days. Kaiser says he already has security cameras, but it only saves footage for a week.

“It's just a little bit outrageous,” said Kaiser.

The bill also requires manufacturers of e-liquids to obtain a $1,000 permit that's valid for five years.

Clark County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation support the legislation. 

“In order to gather more data about who is purchasing e-cigarettes, the cost and how many are open, we need the shops to be licensed like any other place selling tobacco products,” coordinator Annie Reiss said in a statement.

Kaiser says the bill makes him worry about the future of his business. He says he already closed one of his shops because of those concerns.

“The way this bill is written there so many stipulations that are just completely outrageous,” said Kaiser. “I don't know if we're all gonna be able to afford to comply.”

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