Sen.Courtney Spearheads Revised Gambling-Ban Bill
Problem gamblers who voluntarily signed up to be banned from the state’s casinos for life would get a second shot at the gaming floor under legislation that has cleared the Iowa Senate.
The bill lets gamblers choose a “lifetime exclusion” from Iowa casinos or a five-year-long ban. Senator Tom Courtney, a Democrat from Burlington, says those who counsel gambling addicts believe this may help their efforts. Senator Roby Smith, a Republican from Davenport, says he backs the bill because it doesn’t completely undo present law.
If the bill becomes law, Iowans who signed up to be banned from the state’s casinos before 2009 could have that ban revoked, so they could go gamble again. The bill passed the Iowa Senate on a 46-to-2 vote. It now goes to the House for consideration.