Iowa Lawmakers Could Put End to Greyhound Racing

Dogs racing at the Dubuque Greyhound Park. (image via Dubuque Greyhound Park Web site)

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By Katie Stinson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Dog racing could end in Iowa under bills being considered by House and Senate lawmakers.

The House State Government Committee and a Senate state government subcommittee approved similar legislation Wednesday to phase out dog racing at Iowa's two racetracks, in Council Bluffs and Dubuque. But lawmakers say the bill on the Senate side could be changed to allow the possibility of dog racing elsewhere.

The bills would create a fund to offset financial losses for greyhound racers, breeders and other groups.

In both Dubuque and Council Bluffs, casino profits pay for money-losing dog racing.

Casino operators say they want out of the industry, but members of the Iowa Greyhound Association hope for a deal to keep racing alive.

Democratic Sen. Jeff Danielson says discussion on the matter will continue.

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