The future of land-based casinos in Indiana could come down to the definition of “footprint,” according to the debate at a legislative study committee meeting Wednesday.
Some of Indiana’s riverboats say permitting land-based casinos allows them to build better facilities and strengthens their ability to compete with the growing number of casinos in other states.
Pete Liguori is the CEO of Majestic Star Casinos in northwest Indiana. He says allowing riverboats to move on land has positive benefits for the community.
A new chairman in the Indiana House Public Policy committee is giving gaming industry officials hope for more success in the legislature.
Indiana’s gaming industry has been hit hard in the last few years, both by the recession and increased competition from neighboring states.