Indiana House says yes to sports gambling
Sports gambling could be coming soon, but it won’t include mobile betting
Yesterday afternoon, the Indiana House of Representatives showed overwhelming support for a bill that would see legalized sports gambling come to the state. By a vote of 78-15, Senate Bill 552 (SB 552) jumped a major hurdle on its way to the finish line – the desk of Governor Eric Holcomb.
At the center of the bill is a provision that would allow a Gary casino to relocate within the city’s limits and also allow a new casino in Terre Haute. However, sports gambling has been a major part of the bill, driven by the desire to boost the state’s coffers with the potential tax income the activity can bring to Indiana.
A different version of the bill was passed by the Senate this past February. That bill, however, included a provision for mobile sports wagers. The House stripped out that provision when it began discussing the bill, but Senate sponsors have stated that they will try to have mobile gambling added back in when the Senate takes up the bill again.
That won’t be an easy task, as the legislative session in Indiana is close to expiring. It comes to a close at the end of this month, so there are only two weeks remaining to make the changes and have the bill put to a vote.
If the Senate approves it and the House can get on board with mobile gambling, SB 552 will then go to Governor Holcomb for his input. There is still a lot of work to do if the bill is to find approval in the current legislative session.