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    • CommentAuthorfreemexy
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2019
     

    High-stakes casino game rolls on Like experienced poker players, advocates for a Terre Haute casino had to play with patience and not get rocked by each hand as a bill to make a casino possible in Vigo County wound through the General Assembly.no deposit casinos House Bill 1015, which began life as Senate Bill 552, now awaits the consideration of Gov. Eric Holcomb, having cleared the Legislature on Wednesday. Further, if Holcomb does sign the bill, Vigo County voters will have to give their OK for a local casino.Two things are certain: Advocates including the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce are still in the game, and so is Spectacle Entertainment LLC, the gaming company whose leading partners include Terre Haute businessman Greg Gibson. “We will definitely be interested,” said John Keeler, a Spectacle vice president and the company’s general counsel. The legislation calls for a Vigo County referendum, either in this November’s general election or in the 2020 spring primary. Keeler said it’s in everyone’s best interest to hold the referendum this fall.“The sooner the referendum is approved, the sooner the casino can be built and employ people, through both the construction and operation of the casino,” Keeler said. Vigo County Clerk Brad Newman on Friday told the Tribune-Star he has not yet fully considered when to hold the referendum.“I’ve not really attacked it yet, and I’m out of town until at least Tuesday,” Newman told the newspaper. However, another Terre Haute media outlet, WTWO-TV, on Thursday reported Newman as saying he hoped to have the question included on the fall ballot. The Tribune-Star’s efforts on Thursday and Friday to reach Vigo County Election Board President Kara Anderson were unsuccessful. If the referendum were to fail, Vigo County wouldn’t be allowed to vote on the question again for at least two years. If voters were to reject the casino a second time, a third public question could not be held in Vigo County for 10 years, per the legislation. But if word of mouth means anything, Wabash Valley state Reps. Bob Heaton and Tonya Pfaff have previously said they believe there is enough support in the county. “I think it’s very important that Vigo County has the opportunity to have a casino,” said Pfaff, D-Terre Haute, at a legislative crackerbarrel session earlier this month. “What I believe is we need the opportunity to let voters decide. From what I’ve heard, all kinds of cities in Indiana want a casino and we need to at least have that choice.”

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