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2:48 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Indiana Gambling Bill Gets House Makeover

An Indiana House committee has made some major changes to a Senate-approved gambling bill.

In a close vote, lawmakers on the House Public Policy Committee today removed a provision that would allow live table games at two racetracks that already have slot machines.  

The tracks’ owner says the games could create more than 600 new jobs, but the panel chairman contends it would amount to an expansion of gambling and create competition for Indiana’s casinos.

The panel also restored money to counties that host casinos, a move supported by Republican Rep. Rhonda Rhoads of Corydon.  Her district includes Harrison County, which uses tax revenues from Horseshoe Casino for numerous local projects.

"Harrison County would never expect the city of Indianapolis to share revenues that they get from their hotels, restaurants, businesses such as Eli Lilly or the hosting of the Super Bowl.   We wouldn’t expect them to share that with us in Harrison County," she said. 

The amended bill will likely be sent to another House panel for consideration.

The measure was intended to help Indiana's gaming industry compete with an onslaught of new casinos in surrounding states.