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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 […]

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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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Daniels signs smoking ban, nepotism bills into law

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS –Indiana became the 38th state to prohibit smoking in most workplaces – but not bars, private clubs and casinos – Monday when Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a ban bill into law with key lawmakers sitting by his side. The ban will take effect July 1. Daniels used four […]

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Senate votes 28-22 to send smoking ban bill to governor

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will become the 38th state to prohibit smoking in most workplaces if Gov. Mitch Daniels signs into law an exemption-packed bill narrowly passed Friday by the Senate. The bill excludes bars, private clubs, casinos and some home-based businesses from the ban, which would go into effect […]

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Podcast: Legislative news for Friday, March 9, 2012

In today’s podcast, here about what’s on tap for what is expected to be the last day of the 2012 session and hear why a proposed coal-to-gas plan will ask the Indiana Department of Revenue – rather than state lawmakers – for help with a potential tax credit problem. Listen now: Check back daily for […]

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