Capitol Digest: August saw steady gaming revenue and more

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A guest plays a video-animated slot machine at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs in February 2016. 

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AUGUST GAMING REVENUE: Iowa’s 19 state-licensed casinos pulled in relatively steady revenue in August, but their sports books saw wagering more than double and top $50 million last month.Monthly reports posted by the state Racing and Gaming Commission indicate Iowa’s riverboats and racetrack casinos took in nearly $239.5 million so far this fiscal year, which began July 1.Admissions were up slightly last month compared with July, but revenue lagged by about $1.2 million at $119.1 million in August.On the sports wagering side, Iowans wagered $50.3 million last month, bringing the year-to-date total to nearly $73.2 million.Overall, Iowans have used online apps to place $52.7 million in bets compared with $20.4 million in bets placed in person in the six casinos that don’t offer internet wagering.Overall, the state collected $41.2 million in gambling taxes for the two months at the casinos and $354,234 in state tax on sports wagering, according to commission reports.DISASTER DESIGNATION EXTENDED: Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday she has extended a disaster proclamation for counties affected by the Aug. 10 derecho.The proclamation allows state resources to be …

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