House OKs limits on gambling officials’ access to governor

The Indiana House has responded to a newspaper’s report on private jet flights Gov. Eric Holcomb got from a casino magnate by inserting a provision into a sweeping gambling bill to limit gambling officials’ access to Indiana’s governor.

The House voted 61-28 Thursday to require the governor’s office to post 48 hours’ notice before having meetings with certain gambling industry officials. The provision specifies those meetings would have to be open to the public.

The Indianapolis Star reported the amendment was added to a bill that Spectacle Entertainment has been pushing that could allow it to move its two Gary casinos.

The newspaper reported last month that Spectacle’s CEO enjoyed hours of exclusive access to Holcomb last year when he flew him to meetings in Colorado and Arizona.

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