INDIANAPOLIS –House Bill (HB) 1350 passed out of conference committee and the full senate with a vote of (32-18) on Friday. HB 1350 is a gaming law tax, specifically dealing with casinos and riverboats across Indiana.

HB 1350, authored by Representative Todd Huston, would change the way in which casinos and riverboats are taxed. Before conference committees, HB 1350 included an amendment that would preclude South Bend from receiving its share of collected casino taxes. This was because South Bend will be home to a new casino owned the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indian Tribe, making it a private entity.

The language barring South Bend from receiving these provisions was removed, making the bill more palatable to lawmakers, including Senator David Niezgodski (D-South Bend).

“Our intent was to remove all language concerning removal of riverboat distributions coming to South bend,” Sen. Niezgodski said. “In the end, gaining an additional year of our current $600,000 distribution remains a win for the city of South Bend.”

The bill will now move to the governor to be signed into law, becoming effective July 1, 2018.