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May 14, 2014

Annexation, gaming to be discussed in-depth

Legislative study committees get summer assignments

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Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said he was very excited that gaming made the list of study topics.

"We've got to take a look at how we can up our game," Lanane said. "What is the most effective way to get new customers and keep our existing customers?"

Lanane, who is confident he will be on the study committee, said he was in favor of adding live gaming to racinos like Hoosier Park in Anderson. That topic will be discussed by the committee.

"It's not an expansion of gaming, in my opinion," Lanane said. "They've already got the tables there, it's just a matter of having a dealer there."

Brand-new casinos in Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo have put a serious dent in the number of customers coming to Indiana casinos, especially those in southern Indiana.

Study committees allow lawmakers and industry experts time to look at the key issues in Indiana. The committees can only make recommendations on how the legislative body should proceed with a certain issue.

On Wednesday, lawmakers also announced that June 17 would be correction day at the Statehouse. Two bills dealing with criminal code and taxation need to be voted on again due to mistakes in the writing.

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB, or call 640-4847.

What's next The Legislative Council Committee will meet again on June 17 at 10 a.m. to discuss corrections to House Bills 1006 and 1180. The full Legislature will also vote on the changes to the bills June 17.

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