Indiana lawmakers urged to strengthen casino industry


An economic development group from southern Indiana is urging Indiana lawmakers to revise Indiana gaming laws to strengthen the state's casino industry and allow it to remain competitive as casinos open in surrounding states.

New Albany-based One Southern Indiana says the move is needed to continue to provide the tax revenue, jobs and other benefits that have become an integral part of Indiana's economy. Republican state Rep. Ed Clere of New Albany tells The Times of Munster that changes in Indiana gaming laws could include allowing casinos to relocate to more easily accessible sites, such as along a highway, instead of on a river or lake.

That could bring together groups from opposite ends of the state because officials in Gary also are interested in a land-based casino.

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