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February 25, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - A bill to let voters decide whether the state should license a casino in Fort Wayne died today in the Indiana House of Representatives. It failed to reach a vote prior to the deadline when bills must be approved by either house General Assembly.

If passed the bill would have required a special election this year for voters to approve a Fort Wayne casino.

State Senator Tom Wyss from Allen County says the bill may not be dead and may still be considered. "Issues that you think are dead or they're gone, they magically re-appear sometimes during conference committees. So, I think for the people that oppose gaming, I think they have to keep their eyes out on this."

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry previously ordered a study on the social and economic impacts of gaming, and he is waiting for those results before supporting or opposing a casino in Fort Wayne.

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