Grand Victoria Casino on the Ohio River in
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana’s riverboat casinos may no longer be required to have maritime crews.
The state legislature passed Senate Bill 47 requiring a boat captain and other crew Tuesday when the House voted 58-41 in favor. It had already passed the Senate.
The legislation now heads to the governor’s desk where it can be signed into law.
SB 47 does away with requiring riverboat casinos to have a motor, meaning they can be permanently docked.
Such a move could save each casino about $1 million each year.
“This should give us some tools to compete against the coming casinos in Ohio and keep as much revenue here as possible,” State Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) said on his Facebook page Tuesday.
McMillin’s district includes Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Grand Victoria Casino and Resort in Rising Sun, and Belterra Casino in Switzerland County.
Ten of the state’s 13 casinos are located on water. When casino gambling was originally allowed in Indiana, those riverboats were required to take short cruises multiple times each day. A 2002 law removed that requirement, allowing the casinos to remain at port.