Proposed Terre Haute casino bill fails in committee hearing after a 5-5 vote

Senate Public Policy committee hearing in Indianapolis (WTHI Photo, Jon Swaner)
Senate Public Policy committee hearing in Indianapolis (WTHI Photo, Jon Swaner)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHI) – During the Senate Public committee hearing in Indianapolis on Wednesday afternoon, Senate Bill 354, which was for the proposed casino in Terre Haute, failed to pass.

Senator Jon Ford (R – Terre Haute) filed the bill back on Jan. 4. Since that time, we’ve seen a lot of support and some opposition to a casino locating in Terre Haute. Then that discussion moved to the Indiana Statehouse.

The bill needed a majority of committee members voting in favor of it to pass and move onto the full Senate.

On Wednesday afternoon the proposed bill failed with a five to five vote.

“I’m disappointed that Senate Bill 354 didn’t make it out of committee today because I believe this legislation would have a positive impact on the Terre Haute community,” Sen Jon Ford stated in a release. “I’m glad we started this conversation and I will continue to advocate for ways to boost our local economy and bring more jobs to Terre Haute. Although SB 354 did not go as far as I would have liked to see, I am thankful for the support I have received from leaders and residents of our community.”

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