|House Speaker Brian Bosma has taken steps to distance himself from a gambling bill that would authorize a casino in Terre Haute because his law firm has a contract with the Vigo County Capital Improvement Board, which supports the measure.
The Indianapolis Star first reported the conflict of interest, which Bosma had disclosed to the House Ethics Committee.
The Star said the law firm’s contract with the Vigo County group was arranged by Terre Haute businessman Greg Gibson, one of two principal investors in Spectacle Entertainment. Spectacle recently purchased two casino boats in Gary and has successfully pushed lawmakers to let him move one of the licenses to Terre Haute.
Even without Bosma’s support, the gambling bill sailed through the Indiana House on a 78-15 vote.