Iowa governor declines to commit on sports betting signature

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds isn’t saying whether she’ll sign a sports betting bill that has passed its final legislative hurdle.

Reynolds, a Republican, has declined throughout the legislative session to say whether she supports the expansion of gambling in a state with 19 state-regulated casinos, horse and dog racing and a lottery.

Asked about the issue Tuesday, a day after lawmakers gave final approval to the bill, Reynolds responded that she’ll read the bill and review the matter with her policy team before deciding whether to sign it.

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is developing rules that will determine how sports betting would work in the casinos, online and through mobile applications.

Commission administrator Brian Ohorilko says he expects betting could start in August if Reynolds signs the bill.

Late this afternoon, the general manager of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Sioux City, had this to say about the passage of the gaming bill:

“We are excited about the opportunity to bring this new amenity to Siouxland. Since the discussion began last summer, we have been talking about ways to add sports betting to our list of services provided here at Hard Rock.”

“And now, as we near the end of the legislative review, we’re looking at options for a 3rd party partnership as well as how the new program could be incorporated on-property.”

Associated Press

Associated Press

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