Government
8:08 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Bill to end dog racing surfaces in Senate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill that would end greyhound racing in Council Bluffs but permits racing to continue in Dubuque is scheduled to be considered Thursday morning by a Senate subcommittee.

A bill was introduced late Wednesday that would pay out $72 million to the industry over seven years.

Mystique Casino in Dubuque would pay $7 million over seven years and Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs casino would pay $65 million over seven years.

The bill would end live racing in Council Bluffs on December 31st, 2015.

The Iowa Greyhound Association would be allowed to negotiate a five-year lease to manage racing at the Dubuque track but Cedar Falls Democratic Senator Jeff Danielson says racing would end there too if it's not profitable.

He says the bill has broad bipartisan support.

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