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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
French Lick and West Baden. Reduces the admissions tax imposed at the French Lick riverboat from $4 to $3. Eliminates admissions tax distributions to the Orange County development commission and the West Baden Springs historic hotel preservation and maintenance fund (fund). Adjusts the amounts paid to other recipients of the admissions tax collected at French Lick. Requires riverboat wagering taxes that would otherwise be deposited in the fund to be refunded to the operating agent for state fiscal years beginning after June 30, 2010, and ending before July 1, 2015. Provides that riverboat wagering taxes previously transferred to the Orange County convention and visitors bureau must be transferred to the Orange County development commission and the Indiana economic development corporation. Permits the operating agent to submit claims for the reimbursement of certain expenditures for the maintenance of the West Baden Springs Hotel and its surrounding grounds. Requires the department of natural resources to pay the claims. Annually appropriates interest accruing to the fund for the purpose of paying the claims.