Saturday, March 01, 2008

Pull tabs could (legally) return to bars | The Star Press - www.thestarpress.com - Muncie, IN

Pull tabs could (legally) return to bars The Star Press - www.thestarpress.com - Muncie, IN:
"Hoosier bar and restaurant owners moved closer to being able to offer pull tabs and other gaming Wednesday when the Indiana Senate narrowly approved a bill authored by Rep. Dennis Tyler, D-Muncie.
'I was not really surprised,' said Tyler, who thought the measure had enough support to reach a conference committee.
Last year, the Legislature approved a charity gaming bill that allowed forms of gaming for non-profit private organizations, mostly operated by churches and fraternal groups.
Lawmakers also approved slot machines at Indiana's horse tracks, and more perks for casino gaming, but left neighborhood bars and taverns with no gaming.
The 26-21 vote reflected bar and restaurant owner concerns that they had been hard hit by everything from gaming crackdowns by the state to public smoking bans imposed by local government."
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