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More Gaming Industry Changes Possible In Legislature

By Brandon Smith, IPB News | Published on in Entertainment, Government, Politics, Statewide News
Rep. Terri Austin (D-Anderson), left, on a panel of gaming experts at the Bingham Greenebaum Doll Legislative Conference. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Rep. Terri Austin (D-Anderson), left, on a panel of gaming experts at the Bingham Greenebaum Doll Legislative Conference. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Lawmakers in 2019 passed gaming legislation that was called the most transformative measure for the industry in decades.

Despite those big changes, the legislature likely isn’t done tweaking the state’s gambling rules.

One of the biggest provisions of the 2019 gaming bill was legalized sports wagering, including mobile bets. The Gaming Commission, industry leaders and lawmakers all say they’re happy with how it rolled out.

READ MORE: Hoosiers Bet $147 Million On Sports In November

But Rep. Terri Austin (D-Anderson) says there’s still work to be done. Austin is one of the longest-serving members of the House Public Policy Committee, which handles gaming bills. She says she’s worried about sports gaming’s impact on college athletics – and wants universities to take a leadership role.

“In how you’re going to protect the integrity of your players, of the sports – the games themselves – and of the public,” Austin says.

Austin points to Purdue’s recent decision to ban students, faculty and staff from betting on Purdue teams and games, though she questions how enforceable that is.

Contact Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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