Proposal to allow casino in Terre Haute failed to clear Indiana legislative committee

Proposal to allow casino in Terre Haute failed to clear Indiana legislative committee

February 17, 2017 9:28 AM
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A proposal to allow a casino in Terre Haute failed to clear an Indiana legislative committee Wednesday as a state Senate committee split 5-5 in a vote on the bill. The deadlock means the proposal will not advance to the full State Senate.

The proposal would have granted permission to the owner of the Rising Star Resort and Casino in the southeastern Indiana community of Rising Sun to move up to half of its state-approved gambling operation to a new Terre Haute location in the southwestern part of the state. Las Vegas-based Full House Resorts, Inc. is the owner/operator of Rising Star Resort and Casino.

Sen. Vaneta Becker of Evansville, in opposition to the plan, said allowing a Terre Haute casino would hurt the Tropicana Evansville casino, a riverboat operation currently building a $50 million land-based venue based on current state regulations.

Sen. Jon Ford of Terre Haute said the new casino would have boosted the city.