A re-worked version of the casino gambling bill is in the hands of legislative counsel under the Gold Dome. Insiders tell us that the new bill once again will have a healthy slice of casino revenue going to the HOPE scholarship. But expect changes in who controls the handing out of limited licenses. A new gaming commission might have the sole authority over the process. Of course, a lot must happen before casino gambling or local option pari-mutual wagering (horse racing) actually comes to fruition in the state. But with 2017 an off-election year, the betting is that the first step— placing a referendum for the public to vote on— will take place in this coming year’s legislative session.