Bill fueled by shooting targets convenience stores

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An Indiana lawmaker wants the state's convenience stores to face tougher security requirements, especially if they've been victims of crime in the past.

Democratic Rep. Ed DeLaney plans to introduce legislation targeting stores that are open from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. when the General Assembly convenes in January. He says the bill was sparked by an October 2011 shooting that left a Village Pantry clerk with severe brain trauma.

DeLaney tells the Indianapolis Business Journal the bill would have two tiers of regulations. One would cover all convenience stores, and the second would apply tougher rules to those that have had previous crimes.

Industry groups oppose the bill. Republican Rep. Jerry Torr says he doubt it will get a hearing.

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