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Terre Haute casino bill dies after split vote

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would allow a new casino to open in Terre Haute was killed in committee after a split vote Wednesday. Half of the public policy committee voted against the bill, splitting the vote 5-5. Bills need a majority vote to advance out of committee. Senate Bill 354 […]

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Proposed Terre Haute casino aims to stop Illinois market expansion

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would allow a new casino in Terre Haute is designed to block the expansion of Illinois gaming market. Alex Stolyar of Full House Resorts said the new casino would be a “timely opportunity” for Indiana to build its gambling market in an area previously left out […]

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Live dealers sticking point in gambling bill

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Riverboat casinos could rebuild on land and a tax break for casino marketing would become permanent under legislation approved by the Senate Thursday. But the bill, which passed 36-13, doesn’t allow live dealers to man table games at the state’s horse track-based casinos in Anderson and Shelbyville – at […]

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Analysis: Indiana eased into its dependence on gambling revenue

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When lawmakers first headed down the path of state-authorized gambling in the late 1980s and early 1990s, they seemed cognizant that the tax revenues that would follow were a lucrative and yet unstable source of revenue. The state didn’t establish the Hoosier Lottery to directly benefit education, as many […]

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Senate leader says future of casino legislation still unclear

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The leader of the Indiana Senate said Thursday that lawmakers are still struggling with how to help the state’s casino industry, which is dealing with competition from expanded gambling options in Ohio and Illinois. Casinos are seeking new tax breaks and the state’s two race track casinos want table […]

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Casinos act to fend off coming competition

Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg will break ground next week on a $49 million event center that local officials hope will bolster business in the small community’s downtown and fend off competition from a casino under construction in Cincinnati.