It was deja vu this week as Sen. Jeff Danielson's bill SB 1068 failed for the third time to get a through the Iowa Legislature.
Last month Danielson launched his latest legalisation attempt in the Senate, and a subcommittee progressed it to the Senate State Government Committee on a vote of 2-1, but apparently that is as far as it went.
His initiative to regulate online poker under the supervision of the Iowa Racing Commission was supported by the state land casino industry, which would have had exclusive rights to licence online poker in Iowa.
Representing the state’s 18 commercial casinos, Wes Ehrecke, president of the Iowa Gaming Association, who supported the bill, said that Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware had all wisely made progress in legalising internet poker. He pointed out that many Iowans already play on a multitude of offshore websites.
However, the Republican chairman of the House State Government Committee, Guy Vander Linden, has questioned whether collusion could be eliminated in internet poker, saying that if the Senate approved the Danielson bill and sent it to the House, he would of course look it over, but added: "It might be a short look.”
Anyway, a recent poll in Iowa showed that 73 percent of respondents opposed online gambling.