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Indiana Supreme Court upholds Indianapolis smoking ban

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers who want to avoid second hand smoke can continue to breathe easy in Indianapolis after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled to uphold the current smoking ban. The Indianapolis ordinance was first passed in 2005, banning smoking in public businesses. The original ordinance exempted bars and taverns that had […]

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BMV, smoking, student testing among topics for study committees

By Max Bomber TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana legislators will spend part of the summer studying how to restore the public’s trust in the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, an agency that’s charged with mismanagement and overcharging customers. It’s one of 40 topics study committees will consider in advance of the 2016 legislative session. Changes to the […]

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Bill would eliminate Smoker’s Bill of Rights, regulate e-cigarettes

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Consumers of e-cigarettes, smokers seeking employment, and Indiana gamblers could experience changes if proposed legislation is made into law. The bill – authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany – would add electronic cigarettes to the definition of smoking, eliminate the state’s Smoker’s Bill of Rights, and lump Indiana casinos into […]

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Judge upholds Indy smoking ban

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Marion County Superior Court issued a ruling late last week upholding Indianapolis’ smoking ban. Brianna Herndon, Indiana government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, released a statement in reaction to the ruling upholding the city’s 2012 smoking ordinance. On Friday, July 25, the Marion […]

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Indiana Supreme Court rules Evansville can’t ban smoking at bars but allow it at casino

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- The Indiana Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Evansville’s only casino could not be treated differently than area bars and clubs under the city’s smoking ban. The ruling concluded that the 2012 ordinance conflicted with the Equal Privileges and Immunities Clause of the Indiana Constitution. “Today we hold that this […]

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Indiana Supreme Court weighs arguments in Evansville smoking ban case

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether the city of Evansville gets to exempt the only casino in town from a law that bans smoking nearly everywhere else. At issue in part is whether one business or industry can make enough money to be exempted from rules that apply […]


New smoking study doesn’t clear the air

By Megan Banta TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Advocates for smoking bans that include bars and restaurants are urging local Indiana communities and state lawmakers to make bars, restaurants and casinos smoke-free after the release of a study that shows that doing so would likely not harm the restaurant and bar industry. But groups that represent bars, […]

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State smoking ban likely to remain unchanged this year

Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Key lawmakers said Thursday that efforts to strengthen the current, statewide smoking ban are unlikely to make headway this year. The General Assembly approved a statewide smoking ban in 2012 year, which exempted bars, casinos and smoke shops. Now, Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, aims to repeal some of those exemptions, […]

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Video: One-on-one with Rep. Charlie Brown on the smoking ban

The General Assembly passed a statewide smoking ban last year that exempts bars, taverns and casinos. This year, Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, is pushing legislation that would remove the exemption for bars. Brown talked to TheStatehouseFile.com about his bill:

Statewide smoking ban takes effect July 1

By Suzannah Couch The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS- – Hoosiers will have to put their cigarettes out while they work and eat at restaurants starting July 1 when a new statewide smoking ban goes into effect. Other new laws New laws about boating, military families, higher education and other issues also take effect July 1. Click […]

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