Feuding among Indiana's gambling operators led a panel of lawmakers to scrap a proposal that would have let the state's riverboat casinos move onto land, according to Indystar.com
Sens. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, and Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, had backed charging a $50 million fee to let casinos move inland, a possibility they said would help some of the state's gambling operators generate more business and protect the state's gambling tax revenues from future out-of-state competition.
But of the state's 12 gambling operators represented by the Casino Association of Indiana, eight opposed the land-based provision. They argued that many riverboats had already invested to build expanded vessels and that others should not be allowed to expand inland.
The Senate Appropriations Committee took the land-based provision out of Senate Bill 405 on Tuesday night and sent the bill to the full Senate. Lawmakers there could try to place the land-based language back in the bill, but Kenley predicted such a proposal would not have enough votes in the chamber to pass.