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House passes greyhound bill, sends it to Governor

House passes greyhound bill, sends it to Governor

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

A bill that would change greyhound racing is heading to Governor Terry Branstad's desk. The proposal would allow dog owners to continue greyhound racing in Dubuque but end the dog racing in Council Bluffs.

Senators first passed the bill on Friday, and the House passed the measure Monday night.

Within the bill, a deal has been created with the Iowa Greyhound Association that creates a $36 million dollar retirement fund for breeders and dog owners who quit the business; another $36 million is allocated to help the association negotiate a lease for the Dubuque track to keep dog racing alive.

That bill was placed on a legislative fast-track after Council Bluffs and Dubuque negotiated the deal with the association.

 The money will come from the casinos that have spent millions every year subsidizing greyhound racing and aimed to end it.

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