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Jochum Predicts Support for Sports Betting Legalization


One issue expected to come up during this year’s Iowa legislative session is a possible legalization of sports betting. Last summer, the US Supreme Court struck down a law that effectively barred betting on professional and college sports in most of the country. The Court decided it should be up to the states to regulate sports gaming individually. Several states have since legalized sports betting, and there’s been a push for Iowa to join them. State Senator Pam Jochum of Dubuque is a member of the State Government committee, where any gambling-related bills would originate. She believes there would be support for a measure to legalize sports betting in Iowa. It’s not yet known what kind of sports betting proposal might get introduced this session. But Jochum says past legalization efforts provide some insight into details that must be ironed out. One significant aspect to be decided is how sports betting operations would be managed. Another possible sticking point is where to set the rate that sports gaming revenues would be taxed. Iowa would become the first Midwestern state to legalize sports betting if a proposal is approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor Kim Reynolds.

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