Gambling bills clears Indiana Senate, heads to House

FILE - In this June 3, 1996, file photo, gamblers fill the tables on two decks during a practice cruise on the Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Ind. Donald Trump’s appeal to black voters sounds familiar in Gary, and not in a good way. In 1993, Trump swooped into Gary on his private jet and pledged to make the down-on-its-luck city great again with a riverboat casino along a Lake Michigan shoreline littered with shuttered factories. Little more than a decade later Trump’s company declared bankruptcy, leaving behind lawsuits and hard feelings in the majority-black city.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Legislation that allows one of Gary’s casinos to move to Terre Haute and the other to move inland while permitting sports wagering has cleared the Indiana Senate and is headed to the House.

The Senate approved the bill 38-11 on Tuesday.

Under the bill’s sports gambling provision, any of the state’s casinos, racinos or satellite locations could apply to offer sports betting.

Sponsor Republican Sen. Mark Messmer of Jasper says the measure is “a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reset the casino industry in Indiana.”

It’s unclear how the bill will fare in the House. Speaker Brian Bosma said Tuesday it represents a major expansion of gambling in the state and that some members of his caucus oppose all gambling bills.

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