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Self-Exclusion Reform Set to Be Launched by July 22nd

The Iowa Legislature passed SF 442 in its 2017 session. The bill makes changes to the statewide voluntary self-exclusion program. Several changes are required to prepare for compliance of this new law, such as new forms to complete and programming to reflect a person’s changed status. Other requirements are being worked on and tested. The date to be ready to go live with the new format is expected to be by July 22nd. Please watch this page for future notifications when the system has been updated and ready.

Primary components include:

  • Allows individuals who voluntarily excluded themselves for life from all casinos since the inception of the program (November 2004 until July 1, 2017) to request to be reinstated ONLY if it has been five years since the date they signed the form.
    NOTE: The process for requesting reinstatement will be to complete and submit a form available only from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. Individuals who complete this application must wait for written confirmation that they have been reinstated before re-entering the wagering area or gaming floor of a casino.

  • After July 1st, those wanting to voluntarily exclude themselves can complete a form to choose either a five-year option or irrevocable lifetime ban. Either of these options is exclusion for the wagering and gaming areas only, and does not apply to the other non-gaming amenities at a casino.
    NOTE: It will be very clear on the form that going forward the lifetime ban option is irrevocable and not eligible for reinstatement.

Going forward, there will be four status designations for a patron:

  1. Lifetime Prior — Persons who signed the lifetime self-exclusion form prior to July 1, 2017.
  2. Reinstated — Persons who signed the lifetime self-exclusion form prior to July 1st 2017; have been banned for at least 5 years and have successfully completed the reinstatement process and been confirmed.
  3. 5-Year Ban — Persons voluntarily signing this ban option after July 1, 2017 will be excluded from the wagering and gaming floor area for five years from the date signed on the form.
  4. Lifetime Irrevocable — Persons voluntarily choosing to sign this ban option after July 1, 2017 will be excluded from the wagering and gaming floor area for life, and there is no option to revoke this designation in the future.

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