Indiana State Senate will have a busy start of 2021 pending the discussion of the online casino bill, as well as the introduction of VTGs inside of bars and restaurants.
Measures to Boost the Gambling Industry and Small Business Owners
Indiana’s General Assembly will discuss two important legislations during its first legislative session in 2021, which runs between January and April. The proposed legislations include the introduction of Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs) inside of bars and restaurants, as well as the launch of online casinos in the state.
Senator Jon Ford introduced his interactive gaming bill in the Indiana Senate on Monday. The document seeks to legalize internet gaming in Indiana in an effort to boost the sector, which was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ford’s bill authorizes internet casino games and online poker in Indiana’s 14 casinos and racinos, including the planned Rocksino, which is due to open in Terre Haute in 2022. Online poker was left out of the first draft for the bill in October, as Senator Ford considered it would complicate the process. However, after consultation with colleagues and people in the Indiana gaming industry, he decided to include it.
Online casinos in Indiana are the next step following the launch of sports betting in the state in 2019.
Online Gambling: A Source of State Revenue Without Tax Increase
If the bill gets approved, it could bring between $65 and $80 million in annual tax revenue to the state without increasing taxes. It will also help casinos, which