Bill Focuses on Riverboat Gambling on Missouri River

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Iowa bill calling for a study of possible riverboat gambling on the Missouri River raises questions about access to and use of the river, Nebraska and Iowa officials said.

One of the questions is whether an Iowa gambling boat could dock in Nebraska to pick up passengers. Another is whether the boat would be permitted to travel on the Nebraska side of the river.

""You've got me in places I can't answer,'' said Mel Kammerlohr, senior assistant Nebraska attorney general.

The Iowa House passed a bill last week that calls for the state to study the feasibility of allowing games such as blackjack and roulette to be played on riverboats on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. The bill now goes to the Iowa Senate.

Bill Crews, Iowa's Missouri River coordinator, said the main purpose of the bill is to allow gambling on sightseeing riverboats that already run on the Mississippi River in the Dubuque and Davenport areas.

However, Crews said the opening of a new dog track in Council Bluffs, Iowa, this week raises ""interesting possibilities'' for riverboat gambling on the Missouri River. …