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Gambling to remain an issue in General Assembly

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Gambling will remain an issue for debate in the Indiana General Assembly during its second half of the session.

The Senate passed a bill that originally would have allowed riverboat casinos on Lake Michigan and the Ohio River to move inland. That provision was removed from the bill before it passed, but the bill still would remove requirements that the riverboats have navigational systems and maritime crews.

The House Public Policy Committee plans to consider the Senate bill on Wednesday, and it's possible the land-based casino provision could be put back in the bill.

The issue is likely to end up in a conference committee, where the House and Senate will seek compromises.

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  • Why indeed?
    Initially, there were restrictions on boarding, operating hours, number of licenses and location (near the borders to draw money from neighboring states). Now a person can "board" a so-called boat or walk into a racino any hour and lose their life savings. And every $ lost at a casino is not spent elsewhere - so no IN sales tax - or invested in the community. As other states add casinos, the pressure to expand Indiana's gaming will continue. The legislature needs to draw the line even if it means the closure of one or two of Indiana's casinos.
  • Why gambling anyway?
    This is something the state should have never started. There are those who can use it as a casual evening out. There are those who can well afford to loose money. But, mostly those gambling are those looking for the big pay-off who cannot afford to loose any money at all. Indiana does not care about it citizens, or what?

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