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Pence lets casino bill become law; vetoes online horse wagering bill

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Riverboats could rebuild on land and horse-track casinos could get live dealers in five years under a bill Gov. Mike Pence will allow to become law without his signature. But the Republican governor vetoed legislation that would have legalized betting on horse racing from gamblers’ computers and phones. Pence […]

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Committee passes bill to OK online gambling on horse racing

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Internet gambling is one step closer to becoming a reality in Indiana after a bill meant to allow Hoosiers to place horse racing bets online passed a Senate committee. House Bill 1270 passed the Public Policy Committee on Wednesday, but Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said the bill is still […]

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Bosma surprised as internet gambling bill races through House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – ‪Indiana may be taking baby steps toward Internet gambling. ‪State lawmakers are advancing a measure that allows Hoosiers to legally place bets on horse racing from their computers or phones. House Bill 1270 doesn’t allow online blackjack or video poker but gamblers could wager on races inside and outside […]

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Committee recommends land-based casinos, live dealers at horse tracks

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Riverboat gambling operations would be allowed to rebuild on land and horse track casinos could use live dealers for table games under a recommendation approved Thursday by a legislative study committee. But the proposal – approved unanimously – would not allow horse track casinos in Anderson and Shelbyville to […]

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Tom Weatherwax to join horse racing commission

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has named a former state senator to serve a four-year term on the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. Thomas Weatherwax, a Republican from Logansport, left the Senate in 2008 after 20 years in the chamber. He’s also retired from The Andersons Inc., an agribusiness where he served as […]

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IMS bill passes House, despite concerns about horse racing money

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to help pay for $100 million in improvements at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway passed the House on Monday – but only on its second try, as some lawmakers expressed frustration about a funding source for the project. That funding– money now dedicated to the horse racing industry […]

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Bill would fund IMS upgrades with horse racing cash

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that was amended to give slot machine money to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway passed the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, but will likely be amended before going to the governor. Senate Bill 91 now redirects $10 million from a fund that supports horse racing to […]

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Plan would take money from horse racing to spend on auto racing

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are considering a controversial plan to take $10 million in annual slot machine revenues away from the state’s horse racing industry and give the money to the auto racing industry instead. The move – debated Monday in the House Ways and Means Committee – is meant to subsidize […]

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Horsemen protest plan to strip casino money away from race purses

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier horsemen spoke out Wednesday against Gov. Mike Pence’s plan to reallocate horse racing funds, while small business owners applauded his proposed 10 percent tax cut. Their testimony came Wednesday morning as the Ways and Means Committee continued to debate a two-year, $29 billion budget plan. Pence’s budget plan […]