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Heated Arguments Kill Iowa Online Gambling Expansion

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Just when it looked like Iowa was poised to become the first state in the
U.S. to legalize and regulate online gambling within its borders, those plans
seem to have been shelved by the state’s lawmakers as a result of the amount of
time the discussions took coupled with their heated nature.

According to reports, Iowa lawmakers were on track to introduce ‘groundbreaking’
online gambling legislation, but after the issue became top lengthy and heated,
it took a turn for the worst. It seems that online gambling issues left little
time for legislators to address Iowa’s other gambling expansion plans.

Although House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was set to propose the poker
tournament Bill
in the state, which was aimed at allowing large poker
tournaments to be hosted at existing Iowa land casinos, that plan too it seems
has gone out of the window after McCarthy publically withdrew his support.

Said McCarthy, ‘Too much time was squandered on that wayward course. I sent
signals several weeks ago that the continued focus by some on online gambling
issues would create a situation which would sink the entire gaming ship, and
that is what appears to have occurred.’

He believes there is not enough time left in the session for lawmakers to
productively move along the gambling legislation, of which online gambling and
poker are just a part. If the proposed online gambling legislation had
been passed, gamblers in Iowa would have been allowed to gamble online within
state lines.

Under the terms of the proposed legislation, online gamblers would have been
required to physically visit land casinos in the state where they could deposit
between $50 and $500 into their online gambling accounts. At home they could
then login and play at an online casino licensed and regulated within the state.

The inability of Iowa’s lawmakers to pass this legislation will not only come as
a blow to the thousands of online gamblers in the state – many of whom currently
gamble illegally at offshore gambling sites – but will also prevent the state
from generating millions of dollars in taxable online gambling revenues.

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