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New, Smoke-Free Casino Proposed For Iowa

Another Push For Casino Will Take Place In Next Legislative Session


An Iowa lawmaker from Cedar Rapids is trying to get the state to approve another casino. The proposed casino for the Cedar Rapids area would be smoke-free, unlike other casinos in the state.

According to the Associated Press, Democratic Sen. Wally Horn, co-chair of the Gambling Casino Restricted License Study Committee, held a meeting Thursday to talk about his plans for the next legislative session.

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is the body that awards casino licenses.

The commission had previously determined that a casino in Cedar Rapids would be harmful to the state’s existing casino market. Gaming revenue is roughly $1.5 billion a year.

The state has more than 20 gambling facilities.

Earlier this year, the state indicated that online poker is still on the table, as the lottery said that it would be interested in running the games. Iowa determined that Iowans had given offshore online poker companies $13 million to $60 million in revenue annually before Black Friday.

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