Lawmakers Plan to Propose Gaming Reform Legislation

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CEDAR RAPIDS,  Iowa — The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission said “no” this spring and that’s prompting those who want to build a casino in Cedar Rapids to try to find another way.

KWWL reports two lawmakers announced Tuesday they’ll propose new gaming reform legislation when the session starts in January.

The legislation will include an experiment, Iowa’s first smoke-free casino in Cedar Rapids.

“Casinos are exempt from meeting the state law on non-smoking. But any of them can come forward on a voluntary basis to eliminate smoking. None have done that,” says Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett.

It also includes a provision that will allow better distribution of gaming revenues to the counties that don’t have casinos.

The bill also proposes a 10-year ban on new casinos, but only after the smoke-free casino in Cedar Rapids gets its license.