September 16, 2016

Indiana Lawmaker takes job with firm at center of vaping controversy  

The 2016 iteration of the vaping bill, which made a few changes to the security firm language, was combined with several other matters, including whether to allow alcohol to be sold at the Indiana Dunes State Park. Morrison said he voted yes on that bill because of the Dunes issue. That bill passed out of the House 86-10.

After leaving his job in June 2015 as a gift officer at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Morrison said he “let it be known to any and every person that I worked with, whether that be lobbyists in the hallways, people in Legislative Services Agency, (or) people in the business community” that he was looking for a job.

Morrison told IBJ he ultimately got the lead about the General Alarm job from Kurt Wilson, executive vice president of Centaur Gaming.

IBJ previously reported that Centaur, which owns the state’s two horse-racing casinos and a few off-track betting facilities, has connections to half of the e-liquid manufacturers that were initially approved by the state do to business in Indiana after the law’s passage.Morrison in 2015 introduced two ultimately unsuccessful bills that would have benefited Centaur properties. One would have allowed for sports betting at the state’s casinos, racinos and OTBs if it became legal under federal law, and another would have offered fantasy sports games at Centaur’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville.

Source: Lawmaker takes job with firm at center of vaping controversy | 2016-09-16 | Indianapolis Business Journal |

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