Indiana State Representative wants ‘holistic look’ at all casino laws

by | 01.02.2013 | 7:43am

Indiana state Representative Ed Clere is calling for the legislature to 'reassess its gambling policies' as more casinos are getting ready to open in surrounding states.

In an article in the Indianapolis Star, Clere stated that because the state has become “very dependent” upon casino revenues, lawmakers must find ways to 'shore up' such income, specifically by re-examining the number of gambling licenses it allows.

“The Indiana legislature has made gaming policy in an incremental, ad-hoc, usually reactive fashion for two decades now, and I think it's time to take a holistic look at all our gambling statutes,” said Clere, a Republican from New Albany.

Indiana is facing increased competition for gambling dollars from surrounding states; one new facility is the Horseshoe Casino that is set to open in Cincinnati in March. Indiana is also facing the strong possibility that Kentucky will finally clear the way for expanded gambling, a measure it has been trying to pass for several years.

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