Iowa’s Problem Gamblers May Be Given Choice of Bans

Gambling addicts who voluntarily sign up to be barred from the state’s casinos could opt for a five-year rather than a permanent ban, if a bill that cleared the Iowa House becomes law. 

Under current law, problem gamblers may sign up for a lifetime ban, but some counselors say it may be easier to get a gambler to go for the shorter, five-year-long ban.   Representative Dennis Cohoon, a Democrat from Burlington, supported the move.

The bill cleared the House Monday on a 79 to 19 vote. The Senate endorsed the legislation in March on a 46 to two vote. It now goes to Governor Branstad for his approval or veto.