An attempt to legalize internet betting in the state of Iowa failed this week as the bill failed to make it into the state Legislature's schedule.
The bill, which was officially known as SB 1068, was introduced by State Senator Jeff Danielson. Danielson had perviously tried to legalize cyber betting in the Hawkeye State, but that first attempt met the same fate as his latest try.
Casino Listings readers will remember that the bill progressed through the Senate State Government Committee last month on a 2-1 vote, igniting the possibility that internet betting may actually be afforded a chance at realistic debate and votes. However, things took a turn for the worse with SB 1068 as the bill was abandoned in lieu of what are considered to be me more important legislation, as the legislative arm of the state meets for only five months of the year.
The bill drew early support by gaming regulators in the state, but the issue was seen as a loser among many Iowa politicians. This was due to lack of public support of internet gambling; a recent poll in the Des Moines Register showed that 73% of residents opposed internet gambling.