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Indiana's riverboat casinos allowed to move onto land as Pence letting bill become law

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's riverboat casinos will be allowed to build new on-land facilities under a bill that Gov. Mike Pence will allow to become law without his signature.

Pence said in a statement Friday that the bill was consistent with his position of helping Indiana's casinos remain competitive while not allowing an expansion of gambling.

Earlier versions of the legislation would've allowed the horse track casinos in Anderson and Shelbyville to add live dealers for table games, but that provision was dropped after Pence objected. The new law will allow those casinos to seek permission for live dealers in 2021.

The riverboat casinos have had to remain on the Ohio River or Lake Michigan since they started opening in the 1990s.

Indiana's casinos have faced growing competition from neighboring states.

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