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Iowa bill to legalize sports betting heads to governor's desk

Posted at 2:58 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 17:34:58-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (KMTV) — A bill legalizing sports betting in Iowa is headed to Gov. Kim Reynolds' desk after the state's House passed it by a 67-31 vote.

Reynolds hasn't indicated whether she'll sign the bill.
She has previously said she believed that the state should regulate sports betting.

If Reynolds signs the measure, Iowans could legally place sports bets as early as July 4th.

The bill authorizes the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, which regulates the state's 19 licensed casinos, to establish the rules on betting for professional, collegiate and international sporting events, including motor racing.

The bill also legalizes online fantasy sports betting.

However, it excludes betting on some events, including minor leagues and in-state college team players.

Last Wednesday, the Iowa Senate approved the bill on a 31-18 vote with no debate.

States began legalizing sports gambling last year after the U.S. Supreme Court ended Nevada's monopoly.