STATEHOUSE (June 21, 2018) — State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) was recently selected to chair the Interim Study Committee on Public Policy.
In May, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law that prohibited most states from authorizing sports betting and put the decision in the hands of individual states. Smaltz said the committee will not only examine the potential fiscal impact that sports wagering could have on government entities and the existing gaming industry, but also the social ramifications. Charity gaming issues are also on the agenda.
“Sports wagering is new territory for the state, and considering whether legalization is sound public policy for Hoosiers will be the most important part of the process for me,” Smaltz said. “Peeling back the layers and taking a deep review of the facts is the prudent decision here. Hopefully, this task will be made easier as many other states are facing the same decision as Indiana and we are not alone in the discussion.”
Smaltz will also serve as a member of the Alcohol Code Revision Commission, which has been assigned to review the state’s alcohol licensing system, evaluate the alcohol license quota structure and over consumption at retail outlets.
“After thoroughly reviewing Indiana’s existing alcohol code last year, we discovered so many items that could be cleaned up,” Smaltz said. “These meetings will be a continuation of that work and, most important, we want to fully consider potential reforms before issuing any recommendations.”
Smaltz said interim study committee hearings, which typically occur at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, can be viewed live online at iga.in.gov. This site also provides committee calendars and meeting agendas. Members of the public are welcome to attend and testify.
The list of 2018 interim study committee assignments and other legislative appointments can be found here.
State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents House District 52, which includes
all of DeKalb County and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.
A high-resolution photo of Smaltz can be downloaded by clicking here.