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Gaming Bill Passes Indiana Senate

Opponents and supporters of the legislation say a lot of work is still needed before the bill is ready for the governor’s signature.

Indiana’s gaming industry would get help from the state under legislation passed by the Senate on Monday.

The Senate-approved legislation would allow live table games in racinos, allow riverboats to move their facilities on land and reduce the amount of gaming revenues going to local communities.  The state would then use that money for tax credits for the casinos.

But Senator Earline Rogers (D-Gary) says that plan hurts communities that are already suffering.

“I think it’s unfair.  I think the state is reneging on a deal,” he says.

But Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) says Indiana’s casinos need help as they face competition from all the surrounding states.

“We can lose, or expect to lose anywhere from $60 million to $100 million a year in revenue to the state of Indiana just by doing nothing,” he says.

Boots pledged to continue working on the bill as it moves through the legislative process. The bill passed 32 to 18 and heads to the House.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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