Audio SB 41 Gary riverboat transfer receives committee attention

SB 41 Gary riverboat transfer receives committee attention

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On Wednesday, the Indiana Senate Public Policy Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 41, which would allow one of Gary’s riverboats to move inland within Gary city limits and keep one Gary riverboat casino docked on Lake Michigan.

State Senator Earline S. Rogers (D-Gary) says the measure would give Gary riverboat casino operations the competitive edge necessary to continue to promote economic development within the city of Gary and to serve the best interests of Indiana citizens. View Sen. Rogers’ committee presentation>>

The push to move one of Gary’s riverboat casinos inland has been active for several years. In 2009, a study by the legislative Gaming Study Committee found that a land-based casino in Gary could generate an additional wagering tax revenue for the state of about $11M. Read more about the committee’s findings>>

Sen. Rogers has supported a land-based casino in Gary for 20 years, first proposing the idea in 1989 in a bill that narrowly died in the House of Representatives that year.

LISTEN to Sen. Rogers’ comments from the committee hearing:

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