Ind. Senate panel votes down letting casinos move

January 27, 2010 8:52:43 AM PST
Plans for a land-based casino in Gary, Indiana, have been dashed. On Tuesday night, an Indiana Senate committee erased language from a bill that would have allowed casinos on Lake Michigan and the Ohio River operate on land. The bill would have let casino owners to pay a $50 million fee to build an inland casino in the city where their boats are located.

The owner of the Majestic Star in Gary would have given up one of his two licenses in Gary in lieu of the fee.

The Senate Appropriations Committee took testimony on the bill last week.

Supporters of the bill say that allowing the casinos to move inland might've drawn more customers and help stave off competition from gambling expansions or possible expansions in neighboring states.

But some casinos oppose the bill, fearing they could lose business to other Indiana casinos that move inland and attract more customers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.