Indiana Lawmakers Facing Renewed Debate over Casinos

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): Indiana lawmakers are facing a new debate over whether to let the state's riverboat casinos move to on-land sites and allow live dealers for table games at the horse track casinos.

Supporters in the Statehouse seem more optimistic about their chances of success than in previous years when such proposals have come up as ways of helping the casinos as they struggled with growing competition from neighboring states.

Casino advocates still must overcome potential opposition from Republican Gov. Mike Pence and some legislators are against any expansion of gambling.

Republican Rep. Tom Dermody of LaPorte says he believes the proposals he's sponsoring could gain more support since they are based on the recommendations of a legislative panel that studied the casino issues since last year's legislative session.