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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) - A busy day at the statehouse for Indiana lawmakers, as dozens of bills went before committees and the House and Senate.

Posted: Jan. 29, 2018 5:18 PM
Updated: Jan. 30, 2018 4:57 AM

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) — Monday was a busy day at the Statehouse for Indiana lawmakers, as dozens of bills went before the House, Senate and committees.

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House Bill 1005 calls for the consolidation or elimination of townships where the population is less than 1,200.

This will affect Jackson and Randolf townships in Tippecanoe County, seven different townships in Benton and Carroll counties and five in Cass County.

As of Tuesday morning, the voting results have yet to be posted.

House Bill 1380 was voted on by a Public Health Committee Monday. This called for a $2 increase in the cigarette tax and to raise the buying age for tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Currently, the tax is at 99 cents per pack, and this bill would have raised it to $2.95 a pack.

Zach Stout has mixed emotions on the idea.

"I don't think it's a wrong move, but I think there are further steps that can be taken to make it better," said Stout. "Obviously, people will still smoke whether it's $15 a pack or $5. But I don't think it's a bad idea, to say the least."

The committee voted unanimously in favor of the age restriction, but it took out the tax increase. The bill now moves to the full House for possible amendments and a vote.

House Bill 1137 clarifies laws regarding industrial hemp production around the state.

If passed, it states that a person may process, manufacture, sell, distribute, buy or otherwise use industrial hemp if certain requirements are met.

Hemp is less than one percent THC and comes from the same cannabis species as marijuana. They are genetically distinct and are further distinguished by use, chemical makeup and cultivation methods.

This bill has also not been voted on yet.

If you want to see the full list of bills, head over to the General Assembly's website.

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