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Gov. Mike Pence visited One Click Ventures in Greenwood on Tuesday to highlight that local business, sign two pieces of legislation into law and lead a quarterly meeting of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

One Click Ventures is an e-commerce marketing business, located near Emerson Avenue and Main Street, that was chosen to highlight a technology-based business that has experienced growth, Pence said.

Pence signed Senate Bill 1, which lowers the corporate tax rate to 4.5 percent and allows towns, cities and counties to remove a tax on equipment used by businesses as a possible incentive.

Pence had sought the elimination of the state’s property tax on business equipment but faced strong opposition from local government leaders worried about losing a key source of revenue. The tax plan approved by lawmakers amounts to a portion of what Pence sought. The tax collects about $10 million per year in Johnson County.

On Tuesday, Pence said he will not push any officials to implement the tax cut and likes the new law because it gives counties the option to do as they see fit.

Pence also signed House Bill 1035 to create a study by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. of economic potential in Indiana cities. That board and the Indiana Economic Development Foundation met Tuesday at One Click Ventures. The Greenwood company employs 60 people and received training grants from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. in 2012, said Angie Stocklin, who owns the business with her husband, Randy Stocklin.

“It’s encouraging to see state leaders actively pursuing new ways to help grow business in Indiana. We love being a part of that and are dedicated to creating jobs here,” Angie Stocklin said in a news release.

Also on Tuesday, the governor signed legislation that bans anyone younger than 16 from using beds at tanning facilities, even with parental supervision.

Indiana is one of 33 states that regulate tanning. The state previously allowed anyone 16 or younger to tan if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those ages 17 and 18 need permission to go to a tanning salon alone.

Opponents criticized the bill both for stepping on parents’ toes and for not going far enough to regulate youth tanning. Some Indiana salon owners say little business comes from teens 16 and younger.

A bill that would have banned tanning for anyone under 18 failed last year.

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