IA Panel Gears Up for Socioeconomic Study of Gambling
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission voted Tuesday to conduct a new study on the socioeconomic impact of gambling on the state.
Commission chair, Jeff Lamberti of Ankeny, says the legislature requires the study every eight years. Lamberti was in the legislature and says he was heavily involved in the first study in 2004. He says the commission’s role is to see that the study is prepared for legislators.
Racing and Gaming Commission administrator, Brian Ohorilko, says they still need to determine what types of questions will be asked on the survey. He expects many of them to be similar to the study done in 2004. Ohorilko says the legislature has approved up to 125-thousand dollars for the study. This study is not related to a separate study on the gambling market that the commission is undertaking. Lamberti says they are in the process of getting the market study underway.
Lamberti had indicated earlier that some of the communities that sought gambling license before might be interested again, and he says Fort Dodge is the only one he knows of with interest. The market studies are expected to be completed in February.