Week In Review: Criminal Code, Casinos And Veterans Benefits

The Indiana legislature considered measures on casinos and veterans benefits, and Governor Mike Pence announced his concerns with the criminal code bill.

indiana statehouse

Photo: Emily Penguin (flickr)

The legislature drastically altered a bill that this week that would have given casinos more leeway on where they could be located.

One of the measures Governor Mike Pence has turned his attention to is a bill toughening sentences for the worst criminals while reducing penalties and focusing on rehabilitation for first-time, non-violent offenders, notably those convicted of low-level drug offenses. Pence says he supports second chances for first-time offenders but does not want the state to reduce penalties for any drug crimes.

Meanwhile, a House committee dramatically altered a bill aimed at helping Indiana’s gaming facilities face increasing competition from surrounding states. When the bill left the Senate, it contained tax breaks for the state’s casinos, allowed riverboats to move their facilities on land and put live table games in racetrack casinos. Now, only the tax breaks remain.

Many in the House, including Speaker Brian Bosma, considered moving riverboats on land and live games at the racinos to be gaming expansion. The Senate is expected to dissent if the bill passes the full House.

The House also passed legislation providing in-state college tuition to all recent military veterans, even those who previously lived outside Indiana. The measure will also lock in combat veterans’ first year tuition for all four years of college.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS 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.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook