The Indiana Gaming Commission is now accepting proposals for a new Vigo County casino.

The session’s gaming bill passed the House Monday. But many supporters say they want a number of changes to the final version of the bill.

House Amends Gaming Bill, Seeks Transparency

Apr 11, 2019

After substantial changes were made to this session’s gaming bill, an amendment was added Thursday to increase transparency. It was in response to a report that Gov. Eric Holcomb had met privately with the Gary casino’s CEO.

House Ways and Means Co-Chair Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) listens to discussion of the gaming bill. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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The 2019 session’s major gaming bill underwent a makeover Tuesday in the House Ways and Means Committee.

House Republicans quickly approve their preferred hate crimes language. Dramatic changes made to a major gaming bill. And the House unanimously passes a bill to improve school bus traffic safety.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hate Crimes

'Once-In-A-Generation' Gaming Bill Clears Senate

Feb 26, 2019
Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) calls his gaming bill a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" for the state's casinos. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
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One of the most significant gaming bills since the industry’s beginnings in Indiana easily passed out of the state Senate Tuesday.

The City of Terre Haute could get a casino, if citizens approve it in a public question. (WFIU/WTIU News)
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A Senate committee Thursday tightened the reins a little on major changes to the state’s gaming industry.

Mishler Bill Throws Wrinkle Into Gaming Debate

Feb 14, 2019
Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen) threw a wrinkle into this session's major gaming debate. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
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Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen) threw a wrinkle Thursday into this session’s major gaming debate.

A Senate gaming bill would allow Gary to move its existing casino off the waterfront to a more desirable location in the city. And it would allow an unused license in the city to go to Terre Haute, for a new casino there.

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Fantasy football is alive and well in Indiana, but legislators may seek legal protections for players.

New York's attorney general has asked a judge to declare fantasy league sites like Draft Kings and Fan Duel illegal gambling.

Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Terre Haute) says he's not looking to ban the leagues -- he says they're games of skill.

“It’s not been viewed as gambling, I think, throughout the country up to this point and I think that it’s fair to look at it as a game of skill and that’s how we’re going to move forward with it,” Morrison says.

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Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, says the General Assembly missed a prime opportunity for guaranteed job creation this session by not immediately approving live dealers for the state’s racetrack casinos.

The initial gaming bill this session allowed racinos to add a limited number of table games with live dealers.

But Gov. Mike Pence weighed in with lawmakers, objecting to live dealers because he viewed it as gaming expansion.