Two Indiana lawmakers and an e-cigarette liquid producer say they have been questioned by the FBI about the creation of the state’s vaping law.
Republican Rep. Phil Boot of Crawfordsville told the Indianapolis Star for a report Monday that FBI agents interviewed him last month and asked if someone benefited financially from the legislation.
The law has given seven producers control of the Indiana market, shutting out dozens of other manufacturers. It also requires that one security firm certify the producers.
Hoosier Vapors Chairman, Evan McMahon was contacted by FBI investigators with questions about what he knew about the law and legislators and companies involved in its creation.He had to move his e-liquid manufacturing facility to Ohio because of the new regulations.
Because of the way the law was lobbied for, he believes someone benefited from it being passed.
“I know that the law was designed to benefit just a couple people and businesses, that’s what clear from the way it was fought for, the things that were said about us as we were trying to fight against the law,” he says.
Sen. Vaneta Becker also says she was interviewed.
When contacted by The Associated Press, FBI Spokeswoman Wendy Osborne would not confirm there is an investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.