STATEHOUSE (Feb. 9, 2021) – A bill authored by State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) that would permit limited dockside gambling and carryout of alcoholic beverages on jumbo boats, such as the Madam Carroll, passed the Indiana Senate by a vote of 40-7.
Senate Bill 43 would permit lottery style games such as pull-tabs, punchboards and tip boards on jumbo boats that are either docked or cruising. The bill would also allow jumbo boats with the proper permits to sell beer, wine and liquor for carryout. These regulations would be consistent with that of taverns. This legislation would have a significant impact on Lake Freeman's Madam Carroll, the largest licensed United States Coast Guard-approved vessel in Indiana.
“I’m proud to have authored another piece of legislation that will have a direct and positive impact in our community,” Alting said. “Allowing the Madam Carroll, the queen of Lake Freeman, to operate on a tavern license will stimulate our local economy, drawing Hoosiers from all across the state to dine at our restaurants, shop at our stores and visit our marina.”
SB 43 will now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration.