A proposal to relocate casinos from Lake Michigan and the Ohio River to inland
locations has been drafted by State Senator Ronnie Alting, R-Lafayette, and
debated in committee. The purpose of Bill 405 is to make Indiana casinos more
competitive than other casinos in surrounding states.
However, after debate the committee removed the wording to legalize land-based
casinos. Sen. Alting said the Casino Association of Indiana did not support the
wording, and their lack of support prompted the Senate to remove it from the
Casino Assocation President Mike Smith said a majority of people in the
association objected to the wording in the bill. He said boat casinos like the
Horseshoe Casino, which recently invested $5 million in their casino, would lose
more money from the bill rather than gain money.
However, the debate may not be over. There is a chance the House 0f
Representatives could restore the provision to the bill.
State Senator Earline Rogers, D-Gary, supports putting the wording back into the
bill. He believes that Gary would benefit by moving casinos inland from the
Peg McLeish, press secretary for the Senate Democrats, also agrees. She said the
bill would help the economy of the greater Gary area.
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