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Iowa Lawmakers to Review Three Sports Betting Bills

Iowa lawmakers are set to begin sorting out what sports betting legalization might look like this week. Committee hearings are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday to discuss three proposals that have already been submitted. All gambling bills begin in the State Government Committee. Democrat Pam Jochum of Dubuque is a member of the Senate committee, while Republican Andy McKean sits on the House panel. One of the bills would allow Iowa’s commercial casinos to run betting operations, with the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission providing oversight. Under the proposal, bets could be taken both at casinos and through online apps that must be registered through one of the casinos. Another proposal would favor the major sports leagues, with each organization getting a fee for bets placed on their games. A third bill would put the Iowa Lottery in charge and allow sports bets to be placed anywhere lottery games are sold, including convenience stores and bars.

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