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Legalized Sports Gambling Being Considered In Iowa

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A Senate subcommittee in Iowa has now passed a bill that would bring legalized sports gambling to the state. While it may be a long shot for the Bill to get all the way through the legislature, it opens the door for further discussion on the issue.

Delaware lawmakers approved legislation last year that allows sports betting in their state. That was sure to raise eyebrows of lawmakers around the US who are looking for ways to combat major budget deficits.

Iowa is one of those such states. The Senate State Government Committee will now get the Bill and will begin to debate the issue. It is one of several different gambling options that has been proposed by lawmakers with the hopes of cutting the budget deficit.

The US government may have something to say about the law if it does pass in the Iowa legislature. Back in 1992, Congress banned sports betting across the US. Four states currently had laws allowing sports betting, and those four states, Delaware, Oregon, Montana, and Nevada were excluded from the federal law.

Delaware experienced resistance from the NFL and other sports leagues when they enacted their sports betting laws. The NFL led a legal battle that the sports leagues won, leaving Delaware to only be allowed to offer parlay bets, not single game wagers.

Iowa has their detractors of expanded gambling. Some lawmakers believe that the state already has enough gambling options, citing the seventeen casinos that are currently in operation in the state.

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