Rep. Tom Dermody chairs the committee that will get the first look at proposals to expand gaming in Indiana.
A legislative study committee recommends permitting riverboats to move on land and installing table games with live dealers at racinos.
A study committee is recommending the state allow live dealers at some race tracks, and to let riverboat casinos move inland.
The Senate version of the gaming bill would authorize live table games at racetrack casinos. The House version does not.
A House committee removed parts of a bill that would allow live table games at racetrack casinos and permit the state’s riverboats to move inland.
House Speaker Brian Bosma says he anticipates amendments to a bill that eases regulations on the gaming industry.
Opponents and supporters of the legislation say a lot of work is still needed before the bill is ready for the governor’s signature.
In November, Indiana casinos brought in the lowest single-month revenue since 2008, in part because of competition from neighboring states.
Indiana's casinos have taken a hit because several casinos have opened in cities close to the state's border.
Only three entities would be exempt from the smoking ban: gaming floors, cigar or hookah bars.