Notice of Intended Action

Sports wagering; fantasy sports contests, amend chs 1, 3 to 6, 8; adopt chs 13, 14

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ARC 4617C


Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to sports wagering and fantasy sports contests

and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Racing and Gaming Commission hereby proposes to amend Chapter 1, "Organization and Operation," Chapter 3, "Fair Information Practices," Chapter 4, "Contested Cases and Other Proceedings," Chapter 5, "Track, Gambling Structure, and Excursion Gambling Boat Licensees' Responsibilities," Chapter 6, "Occupational and Vendor Licensing," and Chapter 8, "Wagering, Simulcasting and Advance Deposit Wagering," and to adopt new Chapter 13, "Sports Wagering," and Chapter 14, "Fantasy Sports Contests," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code sections 99D.7 and 99F.4 and 2019 Iowa Acts, Senate File 617, sections 21, 28, and 44.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code chapters 99D and 99F and 2019 Iowa Acts, Senate File 617.

Purpose and Summary

The amendments proposed in this rule making implement 2019 Iowa Acts, Senate File 617, which became effective May 13, 2019, and which authorizes sports wagering and fantasy sports contests in Iowa. This rule making is intended to provide a framework and guidance to all industry participants and to protect the public and ensure the integrity of licensed facilities and participants. These amendments also reconcile existing rules with the new legislation and provide two new chapters of rules, Chapters 13 and 14.

Fiscal Impact

The Commission will use existing budget and resources to implement these rules, including specific appropriations made during the 2019 Legislative Session for such purposes.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, the Commission finds that the rule making is likely to have a positive jobs impact, which is difficult to measure at this time.


These rules do not include a provision for the waiver of a rule because the Commission's general waiver rules in 491—Chapter 1 apply.

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Commission no later than 4:30 p.m.on September 17, 2019. Comments should be directed to:

Barb Blake

Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission

1300 Des Moines Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50309


Public Hearing

A public hearing at which persons may present their views orally or in writing will be held as follows:

September 17, 2019

9 a.m.

Commission Office, Suite 100

1300 Des Moines Street

Des Moines, Iowa

Persons who wish to make oral comments at the public hearing may be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of this proposed rule making.

Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Commission and advise of specific needs.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

Emergency Rule Making Adopted by Reference

This proposed rule making is also published herein as an Adopted and Filed Emergency rule making (see ARC 4618C, IAB 8/28/19). The purpose of this Notice of Intended Action is to solicit public comment on that emergency rule making, whose subject matter is hereby adopted by reference.

Racing and Gaming Commission

This Organization is a part of the Inspections and Appeals Department

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 9/17/2019.

Official Document

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