Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


January 16, 2013

Frye takes another crack at toy lighters

Greensburg — During the 2012 Indiana General Legislative Assembly, Representative Randy Frye (R-67) set his sights on so-called “toy” or “novelty” cigarette lighters.

The 2012 version of the bill survived the house but stalled in the senate.

Today, Frye feels just as passionately about the issue as he did during the last General Assembly.

“There’s absolutely no reason for these lighters to exist,” the representative told the Daily News last year. “They look like toys, making them a temptation for any child.”

“But they’re not toys,” Frye stressed. “Young kids end up setting fires; before long, we have burned-up homes and burned kids.”

Frye added that, despite the fact that parents might try to explain to kids the lighters aren’t toys and shouldn’t be played with, the message might not get through to the youngest children.

“They’ll nod their heads and say they understand,” Frye said, “and then when they see the lighters setting out somewhere a little later and mom and dad aren’t around, well, they forget. Three- or four- or five-year-old kids just don’t have that long of an attention span. They see a toy sitting out and they forget what they promised mom or dad; they play with it and set themselves or their homes on fire.”

“We need to put a stop to this.”

For 2013, Frye has again returned to the issue, drafting a new bill which he anticipates will pass this time around.

For one, 2013 is a budget year. As such, the session will last through the end of April, Frye said, as opposed to the March 15 deadline of shortened years.

That longer session, the representative explained, provides more time for the bill to not only pass the house but to also be considered in the senate.

“Obviously, we spend a lot of time on the budget during those extra six weeks,” Frye said, “but the extra time also allows us to allot more for other bills. So I’m pretty confident we can get this passed this year.”

Frye also has a senate sponsor for the bill this time around, a critical component for pushing the legislation through that body and finally seeing it signed into law.

Senator Susan Glick (R-13) has signed on to sponsor the bill in the senate.

Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011.


Text Only
  • Club Chatter Night Club Extension HomemakersThe Night Club met July 2, 2014 at the home of Liz Hally with Janet Bedel as “absentee” co-hostess. Seven members were in attendance with one guest, Isabell Royce. Loretta Macyauski, vice president, opened the meeting b

    July 30, 2014

  • Decatur County Events Calendar eventsLocal clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240.All July – International Cr

    July 30, 2014

  • nws-gb073014-allie benefit ride - pic Minister raises money for cancer victim GREENSBURG — Sixty-year-old Rev. Rick Sasser knows what it’s like to live in a home without heat.The Poosey Ridge, Kentucky native grew up in a household that didn’t have much money, and so remembers the discomfort of going to bed on a winter night i

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 2 elks were recaptured, one killed GREENSBURG — Two of the three elk that escaped last week from the Circle S Ranch in Greensburg have been recaptured, but the third was shot and killed by the owners, a state official said.The animals had escaped Tuesday from the ranch, at 4860 E. Sta

    July 30, 2014

  • Artists to 'paint the town' GREENSBURG – Artists of every skill level from across the state will descend upon downtown Greensburg for the eighth annual “Painting the Town” Plein-Air Paint-Out this Friday.The annual summer staple is set to draw from a pool of talented local arti

    July 30, 2014

  • nws-gb073014-Student CERT pic Local students receive CERT training GREENSBURG – Students from North Decatur (NDHS) and South Decatur (SDHS) high schools underwent Student Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training Friday, July 25, at the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department.In the spring this year, Decatur Cou

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb073014-DCCS registration pic 1 School registrations pave path to a new year GREENSBURG – Parents of the students at the Decatur County Community Schools (DCCS) traveled to their respective schools to register their children for the new school year.North Decatur Elementary (NDES), North Decatur Jr-Sr High (NDHS), South Decatu

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws-gb072914 Casa logo CASA sought for "Jennifer" and "Erica" In order to illustrate and bring awareness to the need for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers in our local community, Advocates for Children will be regularly highlighting one case which is currently on our waiting list. Identifying i

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb072914-Self defense pic Smith Martial Arts to hold women’s self-defense class GREENSBURG – It’s an unfortunate fact that women need to know how to protect themselves in today’s society.While it is a comforting thought to believe that someone will help if a woman should find herself in a dangerous situation, there may not alway

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb072914-back to school photo 300 students get backpacks, encouragement at Back to School Bash GREENSBURG — With face painting, free hair cuts and backpacks, about 300 local students received some proper primping to help them get over the disappointment that school will begin again next week.About 30 businesses and organizations participated

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo