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October 7, 2012

Alcohol, smoking and gambling issues may return to Statehouse

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INDIANAPOLIS —

In 2011, overall admissions to Indiana’s casinos fell to their lowest since 1997. In the first eight months of this year, Indiana’s 13 casinos saw revenue fall 3.5 percent — that’s while overall revenues of the nation’s casinos went up by 6 percent.

Bosma said legislative leaders know something needs to be done to protect what he called Indiana’s “investment” in gambling. But it’s unclear what that will be.

State Sen. Luke Kenley, the influential chairman of the Senate budget committee, concurs.

“I think Indiana has struck the right balance between allowing gambling to occur around the state and using it as a source of tax revenue,” Kenley said. “I don’t think we’ll see the expansion of gambling, but we also can’t ignore all the increased competition for gaming dollars.”

Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com.

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