The state’s tourism office could soon be turned into a quasi-governmental agency now that legislation authorizing the change has passed both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly.

The Indiana Senate voted 48-0 on Tuesday to approve House Bill 1115, which would create the Indiana Destination Development Corp., a quasi-governmental corporation that would receive funding from tourism-related organizations, along with appropriations in the state budget. The bill does not increase state appropriations for the tourism agency.

The bill, authored by Rep. Mike Karickhoff, R-Kokomo, heads to Gov. Eric Holcomb. Holcomb can sign the bill into law, let it pass into law on its own or veto the legislation.

The IDDC would replace the Office of Tourism Development, which is a branch of the lieutenant governor’s office. It would be overseen by a seven-member board that would include the lieutenant governor and the heads of several state agencies. The governor or a designee would sit on the board, as well as the executive director of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. or a designee.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch has expressed support for the bill and likened the new structure to that of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., which in 2005 replaced the state’s Department of Commerce. The IEDC can receive donations, but it also gets state funding of about $6.7 million per year.

Indiana’s tourism bureau is among the lowest-funded in the United States. It received $4.2 million for the 2018 budget year—a fraction of what many peer states use to fund tourism efforts.

A study released by the lieutenant governor’s office in December reported that visitors to Indiana increased from 78.9 million in 2016 to 79.9 million in 2017, and that visitor spending rose in that period from $12.2 billion to $12.7 billion.

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