Panel OKs Bill Likely Ending Iowa Greyhound Racing

The Associated Press

Panel OKs Bill Likely Ending Iowa Greyhound Racing

By The Associated Press. CREATED Feb 8, 2012

Des Moines, IA (AP) - A House panel has approved a measure that would effectively end greyhound racing in Iowa.

Rep. Kevin Koester, an Ankeny Republican, says the bill ends the requirement for casinos to subsidize the prizes for the races. He says that would result in owners not running dogs at the state's two tracks in Council Bluffs and Dubuque.

A House State Government subcommittee unanimously approved the measure Wednesday. It now goes to the House State Government Committee, where Koester expects it to be amended to conform with a version approved by a Senate panel earlier this month.

The Senate version would end greyhound racing outright, but requires the casinos pay the state $70 million to do so.

Both Koester and his Senate counterparts are unsure of the bill's prospects for becoming law.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)