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Gambling, education, criminal justice bills still unresolved going into session’s last day

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers were still working late Tuesday to make deals on key bills about gambling, education and local criminal justice programs with just one day left in the 2015 legislative session. Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said a proposed agreement on the gambling bill will allow riverboat casinos to […]

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Lawmakers still looking for deal on gambling bill

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An always-evolving gambling bill at the Indiana Statehouse could undergo more changes after a conference committee met Wednesday and then recessed to come up with a deal behind closed doors. Lawmakers are still trying to decide whether to authorize live dealers at the state’s two horse track casinos – […]

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Gambling bill headed to study committee for work on compromise

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A key lawmaker says he’ll seek a compromise on a gambling bill before he puts it up for a final vote. Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, said lawmakers “need a little more time” to make sure the legislation is in the right shape before it goes to Gov. Mike Pence […]

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Live dealers would be postponed under proposed change to gambling bill

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Racetrack casinos would have to wait until 2021 to get live dealers at table games under a proposed Senate amendment to a gambling bill that has already passed the House. The Senate Appropriations Committee considered but didn’t vote on the proposal Thursday. If amended, the bill would still let […]

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Casino bill moves forward in Senate; headed to Appropriations Committee for changes

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill meant to bolster the casino gambling industry cleared a key hurdle Wednesday when it passed a Senate committee that last year refused to vote on similar legislation. House Bill 1540 now heads to another Senate committee that will consider its impact on the state budget. But even […]

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Video & story: Pence won’t say where he stands on gambling bill

Pence silent on stance about gambling bill from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is refusing to say publicly whether he will sign a controversial gambling bill if it hits his desk this session. Talking to reporters Thursday morning, Pence said he has made his views clear to lawmakers […]

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Video & story: House passes gambling bill; Senate plans a hearing

Gambling bill passes house and will head to the Senate from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After undergoing several changes to its original content, a bill that allows Indiana’s riverboat casinos to move onto land and authorizes live dealers at racinos passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Wednesday. House Bill […]

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Locals get to keep casino revenue under changes approved by House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House has stripped language out of a controversial gambling bill that would have cut millions of dollars in funding that goes to communities where casinos are located. House Bill 1540 would send the questions about money to a study committee for review after the General Assembly adjourns in […]

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Bosma: Gambling bill needs work, local communities shouldn’t be ‘overly’ penalized

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma on gambling legislation from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Speaker Brian Bosma pulled a controversial gambling bill off the House calendar on Monday in part as an attempt to reduce the financial hit communities with casinos would suffer under the proposal. “I thought the bill needed […]

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Casino bill moves on but questions remain about ‘expansion’

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Riverboat casinos could move onto land and casinos at horse tracks would get live dealers for table games under legislation the House Public Policy Committee approved Thursday. House Bill 1540, which also provides tax credits for casino investment, now moves to the budget-writing Ways & Means Committee for further […]

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