Some lawmakers in the 2019 session will once again push to put a casino in Terre Haute. But that prospect still looks unlikely.
Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) has pushed for a few years to move one of the state’s existing casino licenses to Terre Haute. And the state has traditionally put its casinos near the borders – in this case, it would be the border with Illinois. But House Public Policy Chair Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) says that’s not a good enough reason.
“What’s in Illinois on the other side of Terre Haute? I’ve driven that for a variety of reasons and I guess the best catch line I can give you is there’s a lot cows – and they don’t game,” Smaltz says.
The state’s existing casinos will also push back on such a move, according to casino lobbyist Matt Bell.
"Conversations about moving licenses make my members nervous and they make the industry nervous,” Bell says.
The session begins Jan. 3.