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Bill would allow Iowa casinos to end dog racing


A Senate panel has approved a bill allowing the state's two greyhound tracks to stop holding races. But it's still unclear if the measure will clear the full Senate.

The bill approved Wednesday would allow Mystique Casino in Dubuque and Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs to pay the state a combined $70 million over seven years to end a requirement to hold dog races.

A similar proposal was discussed last year but did not reach the Senate floor.

Supporters say the Greyhound racing industry is losing popularity and costing casinos millions to prop up. Opponents of the bill say ending the requirements would cost hundreds of jobs, including track workers and people who breed and train the dogs.



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