Many months ago I predicted the irrelevant requirements associated with House Bill 1432 (requiring extreme and strangely specific security certifications for companies contracting with e-liquid manufacturers) would cause a monopoly. It appeared at that time that these requirements were drafted for the purpose of excluding all but one security provider from being able to service e-liquid businesses—ensuring control over who gets the required service and who does not. I have on more than one occasion compared these ludicrous certifications to that of requiring restaurants to hire a food safety inspector certified in Ford transmissions under the guise of consumer safety. It’s a farce!
This bill is hand-crafted to create a mandated monopoly that is far more dangerous than the vapor liquids from which the state claims to “protect” us. Our state government has declared itself king-maker instead of encouraging competition.
It should raise eyebrows (and ire) when lawmakers generate legal minutiae that deliberately limits the number of providers who can help e-liquid business owners secure their properties and otherwise comply with the law’s stated intent.
The result is yet another manipulated industry. It’s a sad day for Indiana and the vaping industry when such a bill is allowed to stand. It sets the stage for a society that is not open and free, but increasingly Draconian.
Armando Perez, president