Alting on gaming expansion: ‘It’s called the lottery’

The state Senate Public Policy Committee unanimously approved a wide-ranging gaming bill Wednesday. The panel’s chairman, Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, wrapped the meeting up with some sharp words for anyone who has called the measure an expansion of gambling.

He said former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ recent decision to hire GTECH to take over a number of the Hoosier Lottery’s functions – including revamping the games that are offered in hopes of drawing more customers – is what those critics ought to focus on.

“You want an expansion of gaming, I’ll show you an expansion of gaming without a word from the General Assembly. It’s called the lottery,” Alting said. “Unbelievable.”

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