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Governor Pence Says He Does Not Support Casino Expansion

3/14/2013

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is taking a hard stand against casino expansion in the Hoosier state.

Pence told reporters on a Thursday visit to New Albany that the legislation that has recently cleared the Indiana Senate and is currently in the House would allow the state's riverboat casinos to move to land-based operations. That legislation would also bring table games to the two Indiana horse tracks that already have slot machines.

Pence is balking at the bill as it is written, saying he does not support an expansion of casino gambling in the state. However, the Governor is willing to work with legislators to put together incentives to keep the casinos competitive amid increased competition from Ohio and Illinois. In Illinois, casinos were permitted to move from riverboats to land while Ohio is opening up land based casinos across the state, the latest in downtown Cincinnati earlier this month.

When asked if he would sign the bill if it cleared the Legislature in its current state, Pence laughed it off saying "I don't answer hypothetical questions."

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