Gaming Study Committee to meet Monday to tackle riverboat, casino, racino issues

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Lawmakers on the Senate Committee on Gaming will meet on Monday to discuss a variety of topics ranging from racino tax breaks to non-smoking accommodations at Indiana’s riverboat casinos and racinos, State Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) said.

Non-smoking accomodations at riverboat casinos like the Casino Aztar, in Evansville, will be among the topics discussed at Monday's meeting of the Gaming Study Committee.

Non-smoking accomodations at riverboat casinos like the Casino Aztar, in Evansville, will be among the topics discussed at Monday's meeting of the Gaming Study Committee.

Kenley, committee co-chair, said lawmakers on Monday will being discussing horse racing issues at 10 a.m. in Room 431 at the Statehouse. More general gambling discussions will take place at 1 p.m.

“The Aug. 24 morning session will cover horse racing issues, like allowing slot machines at satellite locations, double taxation and if table games should be allowed in Indiana,” Kenley said. “Other gaming issues like restrictions on alcohol promotions, parity of confidentiality rules and waivers for gaming tournaments will be discussed in the afternoon.”

State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette), committee member, said the eight-member panel will work with the executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission to try and resolve these issues.

“Although these topics were brought up during the special session, lawmakers had to focus primarily on creating a balanced, two-year state budget,” Alting said. “Now is the time to fully study and look at these gaming issues from all sides.”

Visit http://mediaserverr.ihets.org/senate431 to watch a live broadcast over the Web.

Sen. Alting represents Senate District 22, which includes a portion of Tippecanoe County.
Sen. Kenley represents Senate District 20, which includes Hamilton, Grant, Madison and Tipton counties.

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