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An Iowa sports betting bill passed the Senate comfortably on Wednesday, setting up the state to have legal wagering this year.
The bill passed 31-18 with bipartisan support and now heads to the House.
A new amendment appears to be a compromise that could lead to legislation being enacted into law.
Sources close to the process confirmed the amendment’s contents to Legal Sports Report. The Iowa Senate passed the amendment to SF 617 that would bring retail and mobile sports betting to the state. The bill also would legalize daily fantasy sports in Iowa.
There’s a little something for everyone in this IA sports betting bill. It’s clearly legislation that seeks to appease various factions without inserting anything that would destroy it.
Highlights of the compromise amendment include:
The House is likely to consider the bill early next week. A passed bill would give Iowa sports betting a chance to ramp up within 2019.
Time is relatively short — the legislature is scheduled to adjourn on May 3. But the calendar still gives the House plenty of time to pass the bill, especially if a compromise designed to get to the bill through the House holds up.
In any event, sports betting seems to have a clear path forward, and we should know the fate of Iowa sports betting in the coming weeks.