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Governor Reynolds signs bill creating two-year casino moratorium, stalling Cedar Rapids' plans

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Cedar Crossing

Rendering of Cedar Crossing, the planned Cedar Rapids casino.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Governor Kim Reynolds on Friday signed a bill to prevent new gaming licenses in the state until 2024, effectively putting a hold on the City of Cedar Rapids' plan to build a casino.

The amended bill passed both the Iowa House and the Senate in May, and create a two-year moratorium on new gaming licenses. This will keep the number of licensed casinos in Iowa at 19 until 2024, and provide a major setback for the proposed Cedar Rapids casino.

Plans for the casino were officially unveiled by local organizations in late May after nearly a decade of planning.

The Cedar Rapids Development Group and the Linn County Gaming Association said if the bill was signed, they would plan to jointly apply for a gaming license after the moratorium ends. 

Earlier in June, Cedar Rapids Mayor Tiffany O'Donnell sent a letter to Governor Reynolds asking her to veto the bill. She said that lawmakers did not consider the data and potential for growth with the Casino, as they passed the bill so quickly.