INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A state lawmaker and an e-cigarette liquid producer say the FBI has opened a criminal investigation into the creation of Indiana’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 passed last year and amended this year has given seven producers control of the Indiana market, shutting out dozens of other manufacturers that had operated in the state.
E-liquid producer Evan McMahon told the Star the agents he spoke to “were looking at antitrust and corruption.” McMahon also confirmed the investigation to the Indianapolis Business Journal.
The Associated Press left a phone message with the FBI Monday evening seeking to confirm the investigation.
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