HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 5Indiana Legislature Advances Gaming Reform Bill

On Thursday, February 12, 2015, the Indiana House Committee on Public Policy voted 10-2 to refer legislation aimed to reform the state’s gaming industry to the House Committee on Ways and Means. The legislation, House Bill 1540 (“HB 1540”) incorporates several changes recommended by a special legislative committee that drafted a report recommending certain changes to gaming policy to allow Indiana casinos to better compete with properties in neighboring jurisdictions.

HB 1540, introduced on January 20, 2015, follows the Interim Study Committee on Public Policy’s discussion and recommendations for reforming the state’s gaming policies. The legislation would allow land-based options for existing operators and related development incentives, extends tax deductions for promotional activities, and allows for table games at horse tracks, among other changes. The bill is authored by Rep. Thomas Dermody (R-LaPorte), who was also the chairman of the interim study committee.

In addition to HB 1540, Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) introduced House Bill 1275 (“HB 1275”) on January 13, 2015, which seeks to implement several of the provisions of HB 1540. However, HB 1275 contains key differences, as it would not authorize table game operations at horse tracks and would not be effective until July 1 2024. HB 1275 has not been acted on since its introduction in January.

More information on HB 1540, including the full text of the bill, is available on the Indiana Legislature’s website, here: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/house/1540#

For more information on the interim study committee’s report and recommendations, please see Volume 20, Issue 31 of The Michigan Gaming Newsletter, here: http://www.michigangaming.com/publications/newsletter-archive/108-newsletters/volume-20/issue-31/423-indiana-casino-reform-update-legislative-committee-supports-land-based-options

 

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