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Lawmakers seek to stop Hoosier Lottery from moving online without legislative OK

Lauren Chapman
IPB News
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported the Hoosier Lottery planned to move forward with online gaming.

A Senate committee added language to a tax bill Tuesday that would stop the Hoosier Lottery from adding online gaming without lawmakers’ approval.

That comes after a report by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette that the lottery planned to forge ahead on “iGaming” without legislative action.

The 1989 law that authorized the state lottery is pretty broad, giving the Lottery Commission a lot of room to add new games without legislative approval. That apparently includes moving into online gambling.

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The Journal Gazette reported that the Hoosier Lottery is already working with its private vendor to do so.

Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) isn’t comfortable with that.

“We’ve sent [messages] to the commission and asked for information on iLottery – what their plans are and where they are in that process," Holdman said. "But up to this point we’ve somewhat been in the dark about what’s going on over there, so we just want to get a handle on it.”

Holdman’s amendment to a tax bill, HB 1002, would require legislative authorization for the lottery to add online games. And he said any discussion of whether to give that approval should take place next year.\

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.