Terre Haute takes two more steps towards getting a casino

We are continuing to following a bill that could potentially bring a casino to Terre Haute.

Posted: Feb. 21, 2019 11:49 AM
Updated: Feb. 21, 2019 6:55 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHI) - We are continuing to following a bill that could potentially bring a casino to Terre Haute.

Senate Bill 552 will move on to the Indiana Senate.

The bill passed the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously.

The idea to bring a casino to Terre Haute took not one...but two steps closer to becoming a reality.

It happened in room 431 in the Indiana Statehouse.

Unlike two years ago, this room brought good luck to the bill that would bring a casino to Terre Haute.

The bill would also legalize sports wagering in Indiana.

It has passed not one...but two committees unanimously.

Senator Jon Ford from Terre Haute pointed out that his colleagues asked very few questions of the bill.

The full Senate vote on the bill will happen next week.

We asked about the bill's chances in the Senate and then the House.

"We still have a lot of work to do. We gotta work this to the end, but I think we'll get this out of the Senate and move it on to the house...we'll work it there," Ford said.

"I've started a discussion with House leadership this week as well. I'm already talking to my House sponsor...we just need to continue to hold support for the bill," Senator Mark Messmer said.

The Appropriations Committee also approved Senate Bill 66.

That bill will help bring some economic development to the lakefront in Gary, where the casinos will soon vacate.

That bill was amended to include that if a license is to be moved out...it will go to Terre Haute.

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