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Last updated on Friday, December 6, 2013
(INDIANAPOLIS) - Don’t expect any significant gambling bills in the upcoming legislative session.
Last spring, Indiana's racetrack casinos fought an ultimately losing battle to offer live table games instead of just video gambling.
Governor Pence, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), and the chairman of the House committee which hears gambling bills, Portland Republican Bill Davis, all opposed it as an expansion of gambling.
The Public Policy Committee now has a new chairman, LaPorte Republican Tom Dermody, who says he supported the idea of live dealers before. But Dermody says his approach will be different as chairman of the committee. He says he needs to assess the issue on a statewide basis before endorsing it as chairman.
And Dermody says he expects all gambling bills to wait till 2015 -- partly because he's new to the committee, and partly because 2014 is an abbreviated 10-week session. He says the longer odd-year session, when legislators write a new budget, is a more logical time to tackle those issues.
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