Dock the boats

Dec 13, 2010 2:03 PM

In the 1990’s, politicians felt that it would be easier to get public approval for casinos if they were limited to riverboats, rather than land-based facilities.

That was the case in Indiana. The gaming law required riverboat casinos to cruise, thus causing them to employ a boat captain and crew.

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Indiana subsequently changed its gaming laws, permitting slots at two racetracks and granting a land-based casino license in French Lick.

So, lawmakers were sympathetic to riverboat operators who said the added expense of about $1 million per year caused by cruising was more than they could afford.

The boats can now remain docked.