Push for Slots Begins in Indiana

Racing leaders in Indiana and one of the state's top politicians are teaming up to try and bring up to 10,000 slot machines to the state's racetracks and off-track betting facilities.

Rep. Bill Crawford and the Indiana Horse Racing and Breeding Coalition are hoping to get a bill to approve expanded gaming in the state through the state legislature in its next session. Crawford, who said 10,000 slots may be to many, believes the devices are the answer to the state's economic problems, the Indianapolis Star reported Thursday.

"We don't want to lose sight of what this is about, it's about economic stimulation," Crawford said.

Lawmakers last year estimated slots could bring in $62 million to $100 million in revenue to the state. Local governments would receive an additional $62 million to $100 million.

Eddie Martin Jr., chairman of the coalition, said all Indiana racing entities have come together for the plan, including Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs.

"We can't afford to have disagreements between our people when the session starts. We have to be rock-solid," Martin said.