(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A proposal to change some casino gaming laws in Indiana is being held up in conference committee in the final week of the Indiana legislative session.
A Senate version of Senate Bill 528 seeks to allow live dealers at horsetrack racinos and for riverboat casinos to expand with gaming facilities on adjacent land, the Indianapolis Star reports. But, the House version of the bill does not allow for those changes, as many representatives had reservations about expanded gaming.
During a conference committee Monday, leaders from the House and Senate did agree on gaming tax changes in the bill. Casinos would be allowed to offer tax-free free play vouchers to gamblers to the tune of $3 million in the first year, then $5 million the next year.
Rep. Bill Davis (R-Portland) told the Star that the bill helps Indiana’s casino industry without expanding gaming.
Lawmakers will meet in committee again this week to decide on a final version of the bill to send to Governor Mike Pence for signature into law.