A month into 2022 and already, Indiana’s efforts to develop the game have lack.
the House Public Policy Committee does not have advance two bills introduced in Indianapolis aimed at legalizing Indiana Online Casino Games. The death of HB 1356 and HB 1337 close the door on iGaming for now. However, the Senate may revive the issue later in the year.
According to Senator Jon Ford, the political will to pass a bill was absent.
Ford went on to say:
“Because it’s a short session for us and not a budget session, people seem to want to wait. I just think it was really bad timing for us. We have an election year and we plan to have $5 billion in excess revenue. So it’s not a gambling game. Not all of the timing is good.
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Another wasted chance for Indiana online casino
Ford tried and failed to push Indiana’s online casino bills through the general meeting in 2020 and 2021.
Lawmakers have been optimistic in 2022, even going so far as to seek help from iDEA Growth, the Indiana Casino Association, and UNLV help educate the state.
Indiana’s legislative session runs on even years, which makes it very difficult to pass any bill. This year, the session ends March 14.
Work began on both bills on January 4; they were introduced in the House on January 11 and were to be eliminated from the committee by January 25. Each bill must then pass the Senate by January 31, which they could not do.
What future for online casinos in Indiana?
With Indiana running out, Illinois becomes the only state in the United States with a active iGaming bill in 2022.
According to PlayIndiana, Ford will continue to educate colleagues about online casinos and prepare for the upcoming legislative session.
“It’s always disappointing not to push legislation forward, but I think we’ve had a great year in terms of educating people about iGaming,” Ford said. I think the industry is clearly moving towards iGaming nationwide, and as more states start talking about it, I think it will help us move forward next year.