DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Riverboat gaming and horse racing. Allows pull tab games for persons at least 21 years of age at a pari-mutuel horse racing track or satellite facility. Allows flexible boarding for riverboat gaming session patrons. Removes references to gambling excursions. Makes cruising for a licensed riverboat optional. Requires a riverboat to maintain the capacity to cruise. Repeals a provision prohibiting gambling on a riverboat while a riverboat is docked under certain circumstances. Exempts a person who applied for a recognized meeting permit before January 1, 2000, from the local ordinance and local public question requirements for obtaining a license to operate a satellite facility. Requires the Indiana horse racing commission to develop a strategic assessment and recommend targeted priorities for the use of Indiana produced agricultural commodities, goods, products, and services within the equine industry. Requires a person issued a riverboat owner's license to establish goals of expending at least 12% (instead of 10%) of the value of the licensee's contracts for goods and services with minority business enterprises and at least 7% (instead of 5%) of the value of the licensee's contracts for goods and services with women's business enterprises. Requires the Indiana gaming commission to biennially audit riverboat licenses to determine compliance with the 12% and 7% expenditure goals. Requires compliance with the targeted priorities for the use of Indiana produced agricultural commodities, goods, products, and services before conducting a pari-mutuel pull tab game. Prohibits flexible boarding if the Indiana gaming commission determines that requirements relating to expenditures and assignments to minority and women's business enterprises have not been met by the riverboat owner.