Iowa Senate passes 2-year moratorium on new casinos in the state

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has opened the application process for casinos in Linn County.
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 3:13 PM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - In a 35-11 vote, the Iowa Senate passed legislation on Monday that would not allow new casinos to be licensed by the state until 2024.

The vote is a potential blow to Linn County leaders who have been looking to build a new casino in Cedar Rapids for some time. Linn County voters approved the option to build a casino in November 2021 after the state commission rejected proposals for a casino in Linn County in 2014 and 2017.

The bill now goes to the Iowa House for consideration.

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