Bill that would bring a casino to Terre Haute has passed the Indiana House, here's what's next

Senate Bill 552 has passed the Indiana House, keeping alive the chance for a casino to come to Terre Haute.

Posted: Apr. 15, 2019 4:38 PM
Updated: Apr. 16, 2019 11:04 AM

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHI) - Senate Bill 552 has passed the Indiana House, keeping alive the chance for a casino to come to Terre Haute.

The bill legalizes sports wagering in Indiana while allowing both casinos in Gary, Indiana along Lake Michigan to move inland.

The bill moves one of those casinos to Terre Haute.

Many members of the House spoke publicly saying they support the bill, but adding much work needs to be done.

There are so many components to this bill, which means it has a lot of interests to it.

That is why so many representatives felt compelled to speak on the record regarding the bill on Monday.

When the votes were finally tallied, more than 70 voted in favor of the bill.

It now goes to a conference committee.

Democrats and Republicans from both houses will make up this committee.

Its task is to bridge the vast difference between the House and Senate versions of this bill.

State Senator Jon Ford told us he is confident the bid for a Terre Haute casino will ultimately be passed.

"It's the 'how' that this process will have to figure out. I think everyone knows we want to help Terre Haute, we want to help Gary...so let's figure out how to do that," Ford said.

Time is not on the side of the state lawmakers.

State Representative Alan Morrison said lawmakers have about six working days to get this done before all lawmakers turn their collective attention to the state budget, which will be the last thing passed this session.

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