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The new bill will legalize Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs) in Indiana once it has been implemented. It will allow bars and restaurants to install VGTs in their businesses, so people can enjoy playing games like poker and blackjack. Even though the online casino industry remains in limbo, bringing in VGTs is a great sign of light at the end of the tunnel.
According to the bill, HB 1548, VGT will be taxed at 30%, which could bring in more revenue annually. Further, there is another new bill, HB 1536, which, if passed, will legalize all forms of online casino games, including online lottery. However, all new bills must go through the state’s Public Policy Committee before approval.
While commenting about the new bills, the head of the committee, Rep. Ethan Manning, said:
“It certainly still is a challenge. We have some members who just dont like gambling, period, and others who just need to learn about the issue. But as I’ve been having informal conversations with members of my caucus and on the senate side as well, nobody has told me no yet. So they’ll probably tell me no later, but we will see how things go.“