Indiana Gov. Pence Lobbies Against Gambling Expansion
By The Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence is asking lawmakers not to approve an expansion of gambling amid pressure from new casinos in bordering states.
Pence told reporters Tuesday that he has concerns about the industry's effort to bring the state's riverboat casinos on land, add live table games at the two horse racing tracks and approve portable gambling devices.
Supporters of the new measures sought by Indiana's casino industry say they're necessary to keep pace with new competition from states including Illinois and Ohio. They also say the proposals don't constitute an expansion of gambling.
Pence has previously said he supports keeping Indiana's gambling options at the status quo.
This is the first time he has said he's actively asking lawmakers to vote against any expansion.