Sports Betting in Iowa Could Start Next Month, No Study Committee for Med Marijuana Rules, 5:04

Jul 11, 2019

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Top Republican lawmakers at the Iowa Capitol have denied a request from Democrats to start a special committee to study the state’s medical-marijuana program.

Republican Governor Kim Reynolds vetoed a bipartisan bill this year that would’ve allowed for more potent medical marijuana products.

Senate Republican Leader Jack Whitver says medical marijuana will be at the forefront of the 2020 legislative session, but he says a special committee isn’t necessary.

State regulators could soon finalize rules for legalizing sports betting in Iowa.  

Most of the rules are for casinos and companies, like the Hard Rock Hotel and Casin in Sioux City,  that plan on contracting sports betting technology: things like how to apply for a license and expectations for keeping their systems secure. They tell casinos and race tracks to create designated areas where people can register before placing bets in person or on mobile apps. people who want to gamble on sports will have to be over 21 years old and within Iowa’s borders, even if they’re betting on their phone.

The commission could approve the rules at a meeting on July 30th. After that, betting could begin as soon as mid-August. 

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren will be in Sioux City next week for a planned AARP forum and she has planned two additional campaign stops in Northwest Iowa as well.

Warren, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, will participate in a July 19th AARP Forum. Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, Andrew Yang and Marianne Williamson will also take part in the forum. 

Warren will hold a town hall meeting in the Olsen Student Center of Morningside College in Sioux City, at 5:45 p.m. on July 18. On the 19th, she will speak in Orange City, Iowa, at 10:15 a.m. at Prairie Winds Event Center.