INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHI) - Not one, but two bills that would locate a casino in Terre Hate have passed the Indiana Senate.
On Tuesday, Senate Bills 66 and 552 were passed, now moving them to the House.
Leaders who are working to bring a casino to Terre Haute were happy with the outcome of the vote, but say the real work begins, as the bills face tougher opposition in the Indiana House.
The two bills were among the 53 considered in the Indiana Senate on Tuesday.
Senators Mark Messmer and Jon Ford addressed their colleagues on Senate Bill 552.
This bill would legalize sports gambling, plus move both gaming licenses in Gary, Indiana.
One would move inland within the Gary city limits and the other would move to Terre Haute.
"The Vigo County location would allow for a competitive process for the other existing casino owners to participate in or allow the existing license holder to move there in a competitive fashion," Senator Mark Messmer said.
To allow other casino owners in the state to compete, this bill removes the two casino limit operators currently have.
Right now, Spectacle Entertainment owns the Gary licenses.
Terre Haute businessman Greg Gibson is a partner with that company.
Senate Bill 66 does not require a competitive process for that license that would move to Terre Haute.