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Legislators Advocate For Live Table Games At Racinos

The lawmakers suggest allowing live tables would bring large economic benefits to the state.

Live Games Press Conference

Photo: Stephanie Weichmann/Indiana Public Radio

Sen. Tim Lanane speaks at a press conference at the Hoosier Park race track.

A small bipartisan group of legislators are advocating for live table games at Indiana’s racinos as an economic boon to the state.

A live table games amendment to gaming legislation would replace video machines with human dealers at the state’s two racinos – Hoosier Park in Anderson and Indiana Grand in Shelbyville. The two Democratic and three Republican lawmakers stood in the cold Indiana wind in front
of 600 black-and-white silhouettes.

Rep. Jack Lutz (R-Anderson) says that is how many dealer jobs the measure would add.

“Six hundred jobs that’s not costing the state of Indiana one penny or one dime in economic development funds,” he says. “Six hundred jobs that’s not costing Madison County, the city of Anderson or Shelbyville in economic development.”

Senate Bill 528 originally allowed live table games, but the House Public Policy Committee removed them from the bill. On Thursday, Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) introduced the amendment on the House floor and then withdrew it without asking for a vote.

“I don’t think that was the right time to do it,” he says. “I’m very hopeful that the time will be here soon that we’ll have that chance, but it just wasn’t the right time.

Eberhart insists the amendment would have had enough votes to pass. Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane of Anderson says the group is confident that the issue will get to conference committee before the end of the session.

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