A third bill would give the Iowa Lottery oversight of limited sports betting at convenience stores and supermarkets; wherever lottery games are sold.
Mary Neubauer, vice president of external relations for the Iowa Lottery, said they’re monitoring the bill. She noted it is locally focused, convenient and aimed at overcoming the illegal sports betting market.
In addition, Ehrecke and Neubauer said a fourth bill is expected.
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Advocates for sports betting, an illegal practice in many states, have been undeterred, despite roadblocks at the highest level.
Last year the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that effectively banned sports wagers in most states. A handful of states have passed legislation since the ruling, and multiple states are reviewing proposed legislation.
It’s a complex issue, said Neubauer, with the lottery.
"Every state seems to be doing it a little differently," she said. "So truly it’s just, what do the lawmakers want a sports wagering system to look and function like in Iowa?”