When the gaming bill left the House, it allowed racinos to replace some electronic games with tables that have live dealers.
The Senate Thursday approved a wide-ranging bill aimed at helping the state’s gaming industry stay afloat in an increasingly competitive market.
The gaming bill allows riverboats to move on land and includes several tax credits and incentives.
The gaming bill would allow riverboats to move on land and would give casinos a 10 percent tax credit for new construction.
A bill designed to help Indiana casinos struggling from declining revenues is moving forward despite the objections of some in the gaming community.
As profits continue to decline, Indiana's casinos aren't sure if legislation aimed at stopping those losses would help them or harm them.
A study committee this summer produced recommendations for Indiana’s gaming industry, including moving riverboats on land and allowing racinos live table games.
Bosma says because the issue is so complex, he thinks the bill will die of what he calls “its own heavy weight.”
The Senate version of the gaming bill would authorize live table games at racetrack casinos. The House version does not.
Lawmakers from both houses will meet Monday to work out the differences between the House and Senate versions of a bill aimed to make casinos more competitive.